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Celebrate Freedom Week
Transcript of Celebrate Freedom Week
Celebrate Freedom Week
Declaration of Independence
Written & drafted in June 1776
Primary author = Thomas Jefferson
This document was made during a time of war between the British and the British COLONISTS
Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights outlines the first 10 amendments (changes) in the U.S. Constitution
It is meant to protect our natural rights of liberty and property
Proposed in 1789 and in place by 1791, it was written by James Madison.
Currently there are 27 amendments to the Constitution
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
The purpose of the document was to point out grievances (complaints) of King George III
The colonists broke away from the British empire and formally declared independence on July 4, 1776
So now, what does it mean to be an American?
The United States of America
We are loved, we are hated, we are respected. 300 years of sacrifice and we are still going strong as one of the most powerful and influential nations in the world. What else makes us unique?
“The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”
Being a new independent nation was difficult. It took the whole summer of 1787 to discuss and draft the Constitution.
The Constitution in short, is the supreme LAW of the land.
It explains how much power is allowed for the central government, how many representatives from Congress to allow each state, and how we should elect them.
It is a model of cooperation and compromise.
The Preamble is the introduction statement to the Constitution.
It states our guiding principles and fundamental purposes of our country and its government.
-- Benjamin Franklin
The Revolutionary War (1775-1783)
The Trail of Tears (1830-1838)
An overview of U.S. history
War of 1812 (1812-1815)
American Civil War (1861-1865)
World War I (1914-1918)
The Lewis & Clark Expedition (1804-1806)
World War II (1939-1945)
Korean War (1950-1953)
Vietnam War (1955-1975)
Persian Gulf War (1991)
September 11th, 2001
African Civil Rights Movement (1954-1968)
I can explain the function of important American documents
I can list and explain key events and conflicts in American history
I can identify common American symbols and what they represent