Doc #1: Comparing Accounts of the Boston Massacre (1770) 1. Although each account of the event is rather self-serving, which account do you find to

Doc #1: Comparing Accounts of the Boston Massacre (1770)

1. Although each account of the event is rather self-serving, which account do you find to be more believable? Why?

2. Why do you think the event that occurred on March 5, 1770 were (and still are) referred to as the Boston Massacre? Reference your notes/textbook if needed. Please discuss propaganda.

3. Would Captain Preston have any reason to tell less than the exact truth? Give a reason for your answer.

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Doc #2: J. Hector St. John Crevecoeur: Letters from an American Farmer [What is an American?] (1782)

1. Who created the source? You may need to do a quick internet search for this info. What is the author’s point of view?

2. In what ways in American described as a land of opportunity, esp. for the poor? What reasons are given for an American loving America more than the country of his forefathers (ie native European country?)

3.   How does Crevecoeur answer his question? By his definition, what makes someone an American?

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Doc. #3 Thomas Paine-Common Sense excerpt (1776)

1. What according to Paine, are arguments against monarchy? How does he use history to support his conclusion?

2 Discuss the elements from this excerpt that are likely to be influential in the writing of the nation’s founding documents (ie Declaration of Ind. and Constituion).

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Doc. #4 Patrick Henry-Speaks against the Ratification of the Constitution (1788)

1.      Identify the differences between the Federalists and the Anti-federalists in the ratification process of the Constitution. What camp does Henry fit into and why? Be sure to use quotes from the document to support your answer.

2.      How is consolidated government a threat to the original spirit of America according to Henry?

3.     How does Henry view the relationship between the new government and the institution of slavery?

Identify the conflict between states’ rights and national authority as it relates to slavery.

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