Chapter 1: Fight the Power


• Read the entire Declaration of Independence.  Which of the "grievances" seem most serious to you?  Which seem less serious? 

• The Declaration of Independence is silent on what rights are included in the phrase "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."  What in your view should be included?  Make your own list.

• You are the editor of a local newspaper in Boston in 1776.  Write an editorial either supporting or opposing separation from Great Britain

• Would people today sign a petition featuring the preamble to the Declaration of Independence and part of the Bill of Rights?  Would they recognize where the language comes from?  Why don't you find out?  Print out the petition, ask up to 112 people to sign, and let us know the results!

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