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Have you ever been so tired of doing something that you refused to do it? Or wanted to do something so badly that you didn't quit asking until you got what you wanted? Over 230 years ago, people in this country had to obey the law of England. And there were British soldiers and officials in this country to enforce that law. People paid taxes, had to obey laws, and were punished if they broke the law, similar to what they do today.
With one exception. The people in this country had no say in how much tax they paid, what laws were formed, or what punishment should be. As the king of England increased the taxes and made punishment more severe, people in the colonies became very angry. In response, a group of men dressed as Indians went to the Boston Harbor and jumped on the ships that had docked to deliver tea to the colonists. For several hours, they threw the large, heavy boxes of tea into the water until they were all gone. This made the British get angry.
The American Revolution began as the colonists worked together to get rid of the British rule and become the independent country that we are today. Often, however, because we haven't had to fight for our freedom, we take that freedom for granted. The Voices of Freedom Project is a way to help you think about what freedom means to you and what kinds of examples of freedom you can find in your community. This site is dedicated to teaching you about North Carolina's role in the War for Independence and sharing what other kids in North Carolina think freedom really means.
As you read through their stories, think about what freedom means to you, in your community, in this century.
What does freedom mean to you?
Student Activity: Learning About North Carolina's Role in the American Revolution
The American Revolution had many ramifications on life today: our political system, our rights and our identity as a nation. North Carolina had its own role to play and even drafted its own declaration of independence. The war impacted North Carolina greatly, especially since it was an agricultural state. But NC citizens thought that the right to elect their own government was worth the cost.
As students learn about North Carolina's role in the War for Independence, they will also consider how that role has influenced life in the state today.
In addition to out of class reading, students should prepare to devote at least 2 class periods to this discussion.
Relevant NC Curriculum Standards
NC History Standards