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Find sources on the American Revolution

In Congress, July 4, 1776, a declaration by the representatives. LOC

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Declaration of Independence, 1776, National Archives and Records Adminstration

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Newspaper article published in the Patriot press in 1775

Smithsonian Barbara Clark Smith looks at what a colonial newspaper article says [...] »

Cartoon, American Revolution Names, 5 August 2008, Jimmie, Flickr CC

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Detail, Declaration of Independence interactive

Eighth-grade U.S. history teacher Elizabeth Schaefer "warps" the Declaration of [...] »

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Can you answer these questions on figures who took part in the French and [...] »

The Stamp Act of 1765 had colonists crying foul. Answer these questions about [...] »

Letter, Henry Clinton to John Burgoyne, August 10, 1777, Henry Clinton, Clements

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