Summary of Year II History Content: Forging Freedom,
- Examine how the southern colonies answered the
call of New England.
- Discuss Richard Henry Lee and the resolution
- Examine the first Continental Congress’
attempt to preserve freedom and the second Continental Congress’
discussion of the question of independence.
- Investigate the failures of 1776 and the retreat
from New York in 1777.
- Discuss the survival and transformation of
Washington’s troops at Valley Forge and the defining moment
of early American history that it represented—the
“forging” of an American consciousness.
- Examine the final campaign and General Cornwallis’
perception of “a world turned upside down.”
- Consider the roles of Native American allies
and African-American patriots in the American victory.
- Discuss the call for reform and the views of
Alexander Hamilton and James Madison and the creation: Federalists
and Antifederalists and the ratification of the Constitution.
Featured documents: Patrick Henry’s speech,
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death? Declaration of Independence (two
versions): Jefferson’s draft Declaration and the compromise
Declaration; The Bill of Rights.