History in 3 Minutes Podcast

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Hello everyone from “History in 3 Minutes Podcast.” Welcome back! Today, let’s take a look at “The War to Independence.” During this time, events such as the Declaration of Independence and the Battle at Yorktown led to other nations recognizing the United States as a sovereign nation.

The Declaration of Independence was created with specific sections to explain why it had the right to declare independence. The Preamble explains why the Continental Congress drew up the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Natural Rights is the part that states, “all men are created by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

The next section is a list of grievances against the British government. The Resolution of Independence claims the colonies were free and independent states. The final section was for the Signers of the Declaration. The signers, as representatives of the American people, declared the colonies independent from Great Britain on July 4, 1776 with most of them signing the document on August 2nd.

However, there were still battles to be fought. The last major battle in the Revolutionary War was fought in Yorktown, Virginia in the fall of 1781. General Cornwallis became trapped in Yorktown. General Washington closed in on land while the French navy blocked any escape by sea. Finally, on October 19, 1781, General Cornwallis and his 8,000 British troops surrendered.

Parliament voted to end the war after hearing of their defeat at Yorktown. On November 24, 1783, the last British troops left American soil. Now America was finally free from British oppression.

So, Homeschoolers: your vocabulary words to look up today are natural rights, grievances, General Cornwallis, Battle of Yorktown, and oppression.

Younger students: print each vocabulary word 5 times. Draw a picture. Write a sentence using your vocabulary word.

Older students: Write each vocabulary definition 5 times. Sketch an illustration and write a short summary. Create a pamphlet with a timeline.

All students – read out loud what you wrote.  You can look for a future word search for review.

That’s all folks. Bye. Bye!





About Martha Quinn

Book author, licensed teacher, master's degree (Reading K-12, Social Studies 7-12). Former homeschooler. Happily married Christian with two terrific children. Loves animals, swimming, music, fishing, gardening, cooking, traveling, exciting movies, good books, and the great outdoors.

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