American Revolution

The struggle that freed the colonists from British Rule, the American Revolution took place from 1776 to 1781.

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What act put a tax on paper products?

The Stamp Act.

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Declaration of Independence

What were the goals of the first and second continental congress?

the first one declared loyalty to the king and boycotted British goods and also called for each state to start armies also they said that the intolerable acts were not right

the second wrote the declaration of independence and started coming up with a form of government. VERSACE VERSACE

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What happened to the signers of the Declaration of Independence?

The 56 men who signed the Declaration were not token patriots when they pledged their lives and honor to the cause of freedom. The average age was 44 and the youngest was 26. Ben Franklin was the oldest at 70. Most had money, none were hungry, and none were out of work. They actually laid their lives and fortunes on the line for freedom. Of the 56 men 5 were arrested by the British as traitors, 12 had their homes looted and burned, 2 lost sons in the war, 17 lost their fortunes, 9 fought in the war and died. Three of the signers lived to be over 90, 10 lived past 80, and 11 past 70. They came from all walks of life; 24 were lawyers, 14 farmers, 4 doctors, 9 merchants, and one minister. Three were born in Ireland, two in England and Scotland, one in Wales. During the war they were offered immunity to come back to the British cause. None did. One signer, George Wythe, was poisoned by his grand nephew at the age of 80. Samuel Chase became part of the Supreme Court and Caesar Rodney died of cancer. Button Gwenette became governor of GA and was killed in a duel at the age of 42. Oliver Woolcott became governor of Connecticut. Thomas Lynch, Jr. disappeared 3 years later with his wife on a voyage to the West Indies. Charles Carroll lived to 90 and died in 1832. He helped lay the cornerstone of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad.

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Political Science

How is power acquired in a democratic republic government?

Simply put, power is acquired in a democracy by being elected to office. However, there are positions in an elected office that are more powerful and have a lot of (to use a Chicago word) klout. For example, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee is an extremely powerful individual even though he or she is a member of the House of Representatives and not a Senator. This chairman's job is to oversee proposals for laws. If a proposal does not pass the Ways and Means Committee it cannot be sent to the House for a vote into law.

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Why did the Hessians fight in the war?

Because they were paid to. Hessians were mercenaries, hired by the British to fight for them. Not an uncommon thing in Europe in the 17th and 18th Century.

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In which three US states did most of the fighting in 1776-1777 take place?

Most of the battles took place in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The first battle was in Massachusetts and the last in Virginia.

1776 began with British forces in Boston under seige by the colonials. When a small group of men led by Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen captured Fort Ticonderoga in New York's northern wilderness and sent its many cannon back to Boston, the British were forced to evacuate.

From there, Washington moved the troops to New York City but was himself forced out when the British took control of it. They pursued him to Brooklyn and into New Jersey. By the end of 1777, they had captured Philadelphia. But most of the fighting was in New York (the loss of NYC, the battle of Long Island, the retreat from Quebec, and the Saratoga campaign and its related battles) and New Jersey (the battles of Trenton, Princeton, and Morristown).

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Which country won the American Revolutionary War?

The war wasn't really won by a country. It was won by the colonies that joined together. They didn't become a country until after the war was over and then joined together to become the United States of America.

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What was the name for the colonial military force create to fight the British?

Continental Army

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How many signers of the Declaration of Independence became president?

Surprisingly, of the 56, only two: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. They both also served as vice president before their presidential terms—another signer, Elbridge Gerry, became a vice president but never reached the presidency.

The rest of the signers weren’t slouches, mind you, as they held various positions in government. Benjamin Franklin was among them, as was Benjamin Harrison, the father of eventual president William Henry Harrison.

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When did the battle of edge hill happen?

October 23rd, 1642

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What do you call a person who remained loyal to the British government?

Loyalist.... or as they called them 'Tories'

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What caused colonial unity in the cause for independence during the revolutionary war?

There were many problems with King George and the English government brought about by the fact that the British needed money and treated colonies as subservient sources of revenue. The American colonies rebelled and Britain sent an army over to quell the rebellion. They came first to Boston and demanded quarters in the homes there. That was too much for most Americans. They raised an army and the war began.

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Georgia (US State)

When did Georgia become a US state?

On January 2, 1788 Georgia became the fourth state to join the Union. It re-entered the Union on July 15, 1870, after being the last state in the Confederacy.

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French Language and Culture

Why do people consider Marquis de Sade in BDSM?

The Marquis De Sade was one of the premier sadists, which is exactly why we call it sadism. The Marquis De Sade was someone who loved to torture, and found that there were girls who loved it, loved the pain and the fear, and really he created BDSM as a whole, which is more a love for the pain or causing the pain.

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Who were the Whigs during the Revolutionary War?

They rebelled from England and wanted America to be independent

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Why did the allies force the British to surrender?

Cornwallis's decision of going to chesapeake bay was a fatal mistake. Washington had a golden oppurtunity to trap the british on the peninsula

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When did Delaware become a US state?

In December 7, 1787.

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What did the sugar act tax after it was passed?

molasses, sugar, and basically anything sweet was taxed by the sugar act.

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'What did the loyalists want to see happen'?

They wanted the colonies to stay a part of England. They were loyal to the king.

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Robbie Williams

Is Stokley Williams married?

Yes, he is married.

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Slavery

How was slavery weakened after the revolution?

It wasn't. The Constitution actually stated that your property couldn't be taken away from you, and slaves were considered property.

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How did bernardo de galvez aid American cause?

When the British Navy blockaded the Atlantic Ports preventing the United States from receiving guns and ammunition, Bernardo de Galvez aided the American cause by shipping guns and ammunition up the Mississippi River to the American Army. (Keel boats could go almost to Asheville, North Carolina and Bristol, Virginia. They could go beyond Pittsburg, Pennsylvania for miles into Western New York and South into West Virginia.

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The Continental Congress was unicameral meaning that it did what?

Meaning it met as one group; there was only one house to the Continental Congress. Delegates from all the states met in one single body.

When the current US government was designed at the Constitutional Convention in the next decade the legislative branch was made bicameral, meaning there are two houses - the upper house is the US Senate, with two members from every state, and the lower is the House of Representatives, with each state having a proportional number of seats based on its population.

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Declaration of Independence

When was the US Declaration of Independence signed?

Although it was announced on July 4, 1776, the Declaration was first signed on August 2, 1776, with the last signature being added in late November.

There is no single, perfect date for the adoption of the Declaration. The completed Declaration was accepted on July 2 and some delegates believed that would become an important day in history. On July 4, 1776, a scheduled meeting to discuss the Declaration was cut short and delegates agreed to the wording in principle before adjourning (some say the adjournment was due to nasty horseflies invading the hall). On July 8, it was published as a broadside (at first with only John Hancock's signature). By August, it was published again with most of the signatures. There is no one official version of the Declaration of Independence. Three slightly different versions were approved. The famous painting of the delegates all standing or seated in Independence Hall, waiting to sign the document, is pure fiction. There was never a time when all the signers were together in one place at one time.

August 2, 1776

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What flag did the British fly during the American Revolution?

The modern British flag consists of three crosses, one verticle one representing England, and two diagonal ones (St. Andrew's cross) representing Scotland and (St Patrick's cross) representing Ireland.

Ireland was not incorporated into the United Kingdom until the Act of Union in 1801, so the British flag before that date lacked that cross.

The British flag, correctly called the union flag, but also known as the union jack, consists of the flag of England-a red plus cross on a white background,(the flag of St George) The flag of Ireland-a red multiplication, or saltire cross on a white background,(the flag of St Patrick) The flag of Scotland-a white multiplication cross on a blue background. The flag of of Wales, a red dragon on a green and white background was not incorporated into the design.

When the 3 flags are incorporated, Scotland is overlayed by Ireland which is then overlayed by England this produces the union flag. The jack that is sometimes mentioned is the pole that the flag fly's from - ( the jack-staff) If you look closely at a union flag it is possible to identify the three crosses layed on top of each other.

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The Flag flown by the British in the American Revolution is not the Union Jack it shares many of the same qualities but the Union Jack did not come around until 1801.

The pre 1801 Union flag is shown below on the link and would not have had the red St Patrick's cross included in it at the time. It is only called a Union Jack when flown on a ship but the term has entered popular culture. The red cross of St. George represented both England and Wales which were considered a single State and Kingdom.

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I would just add that there were also many types of flags flown. Naval Units would hoist a different flag than land forces and we must not forget regimental flags. It was not uncommon for different regiments (units) to have their own flag in addition to the National flag.

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