Historical Simulations

Debating Independence Historical Simulation

Was American independence from Britain inevitable in the 18th Century? Who were the Continental Congress delegates who debated independence and what was on their minds as the summer of 1776 approached?

High school students take on the role of the Second Continental Congress in a day-long historical simulation at the Museum of the American Revolution. Participating students will be assigned a delegate in advance of the program and will be asked to come ready to think and speak as that historical figure. Through small- and full-group conversations, delegates will be asked to argue their ideas, support their reasoning, and convince their peers to declare independence…or not! Will the outcome be the same? The delegates will decide!

Free boxed lunches are provided to all participating students. SEPTA passes are also available for all students who need them. (Teachers should request these passes in advance.) Teachers may also opt-in to a free highlights tour of the museum for their students at the conclusion of the simulation experience.

Teachers must register their students in advance, and, in order for students to meet their peers from other institutions, schools are limited in the number of students that may attend.

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For more information, contact the Museum at education@amrevmuseum.org.

This program is presented in partnership with the Foreign Policy Research Institute.