Social Studies project on interesting people during the Revolutionary War.
Richard Henry Lee
"These United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states."
Peter Salem gained fame at Bunker Hill, where he stood his ground in the face of a charge led by the British officer John Pitcairn. Two years later Salem helped the Americans to victory at the Battle of Sarotoga.
"A government of our own is our natural right!"
Thomas Jefferson had served in the Virginia House of Burgesses before joining the Continental Congress in 1775. He had a reputation of being an intelligent man and a great writer. By the end of June he had finished writing the Declaration of Independence.
Richard Henry Lee was a member of the Congress from Virginia. In 1776 he rose and asked Congress to vote for independence. Many members agreed with Lee, but Congress decided to delay the vote on independence.
He was an immigrant from Britain that insisted that it was time for the thirteen colonies to declare their Independence. He had settled in Pennsylvania in 1774. Later in January 1776, he published a pamphlet called Common Sense. Using the language many people understood he argued that it was "time to part" with Britain.
Nethan Hale was a 21-year old teacher that volunteered to become spy. He slipped behind enemies lines and began gathering information, but he was captured and commanded to death. It was reported that right before he was hanged, he told his British captors "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country".
Prince Hall was a well-known Boston minister and an outspoken supporter of American Independence. Hall has fought in many battles including Battle of Bunker Hill. In 1777, he sent a written request or a petition to the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He requested to end slavery. His brave stand for freedom gained results in the 1780s, when Massachusetts banned slavery in the state.