5 Ws of the Declaration of Independence
Updated: 1/26/2021
5 Ws of the Declaration of Independence
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Causes of the American Revolution

Causes of the American Revolution (1607-1776)

Lesson Plans by Richard Cleggett

The causes of and events leading up to the American Revolution are integral to understanding the revolution as whole, including how it happened, why it happened, and why events unfolded the way they did during the revolution itself. Many of the most crucial developments occurred between the development of the British colonies and the start of the Revolutionary War, and it's important for students to have a good grasp of this background before they dive into the revolution.


Events Leading Up to the American Revolution

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The 5 Ws of the Declaration of Independence analysis | Events leading to the American Revolution

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  • WHO
  • WHAT
  • WHERE
  • The Declaration of Independence was created and signed by 55 delegates from all 13 colonies. Written by Thomas Jefferson, it was also signed by major figures like Samuel Adams and John Hancock.
  • The Declaration of Independence is the official document that colonial representatives used to declare independence from Great Britain. It served as a concrete statement of independence, and officially marks the United States as its own nation.
  • The Declaration of Independence was signed in Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The hall still stands today and acts as a museum.
  • WHY
  • THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
  • WHEN
  • The Declaration of Independence was written to declare the separation of the colonies from British rule. It was also used to outline grievances against the crown and what the founders believed were their inalienable rights.
  • The Declaration of Independence was officially signed on July 4th, 1776, which we now look to as the birthdate of our nation. However, the document itself took months to write and perfect.
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