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Key Roles in The American Revolution

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Jeff Stansbury

on 1 October 2013

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Transcript of Key Roles in The American Revolution

Paul Revere
John Singleton Copley
Portrait of Paul Revere
Circa 1768-70
Life in 1700 America
Patrick Henry
British Government created the Stamp Act of 1765 which taxed all printed matter in the colonies
Patrick Henry called this "illegal, unconstitutional, and unjust..."
Americans wanted no taxation without representation
Credited with setting the American Revolution in motion
Famous for "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death Speech
Thomas Paine
Wrote the America's best selling pamphlet, Common Sense in 1776
Argued in Common Sense that "Independence is the only way"
Pushed Colonial America to form an independent republic
Lived in England and didn't move to America until he was 37 years old
July 4th, 1776
Paul Revere had the important role of alerting the American Colonist of the approaching British, The Colonist were able to prepare for The Battle of Concord and were victorious in this early American revolutionary battle
Thomas Paine, although not living in the American colonies, was able to publicate his famous pamphlet "Common Sense" which is credited with rallying the Americans against the British in their battles for Independence.
Patrick Henry is credited with setting the pace of The American Revolution, and spoke in The House of Burgesses when he proclaimed "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death"
Paul Revere's Ride
April 18th,1775
Paul Revere's Ride,Emmet, Thomas Addis 1829-1919
Renowned Silversmith
Sometimes performed dental work
Was also an artist famous for his Boston Massacre engraving
Famous for his midnight ride warning the colonist "The British are Coming"
Paul Revere's Ride was performed in order to alert the colonials that the the British were planning a raid on Concord
According to popular belief he shouted "The British are coming" , when actually this was a discreet operation as not to alert the British to their knowledge
His message worked, by the time the British arrived the Americans were well prepared
American Stories, A History of The United States pg. 125-126
Engraving of a 1792 painting by George Romney
Common Sense by Thomas Paine 1776
Common Sense "Table Of Contents" addressing America and Paine's ideas and plan for an independent republic
Responsible for Rallying Americans for Independence and Ratification of the Decleration of Independence on July 4th, 1776
American Stories, A History of The United States pg 126-128
George Bagby Matthews
Portrait of Patrick Henry
Circa 1891
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death
"Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" is probably Patrick Henry's most famous words
Patrick Henry to The House of Burgesses proclaiming cause for American Independence
Patrick Henry spoke "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, Give me Liberty, or give me Death!"
Recieved large amounts of cheer and support towards an Independent America
Colonial America
American Stories, A History of The United States pg 118-119
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