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Season of Independence Timeline

View a timeline of important dates and years from the Museum's Season of Independence interactive feature.
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Season of Independence National Standards Alignment

Season of Independence modular activities have been designed in alignment with history standards from the National Center for History in the Schools.
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Unit 1: Understanding the British Empire

Introduce students to the scope, depth, and diversity of British North America and the British Empire in the years preceding the Declaration of Independence.
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Unit 2: Decision-Making and Civic Engagement in Revolutionary America

Introduce students to the ways that 18th-century Americans expressed their opinions, protested, and engaged in decision-making within their communities and the colonies during the Colonial and Revolutionary Eras.
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Unit 3: Timelining Independence

Introduce students to the events leading up to independence, helping them place the spring and summer of 1776 within a larger context of political/diplomatic and military events that would shape decision-making.
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Unit 4: Support for Independence

Introduce students to the motivations that different people had for supporting independence and show them how support for independence was a last resort for many.
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Unit 5: Opposition to Independence

Introduce students to the fact that there were many people who opposed the idea of independence, and that they had a variety of reasons for doing so.
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Unit 6: The People and Perspectives in Between

Introduce students to the people that sought to remain neutral on the matter of independence, and those who saw benefits and challenges to supporting either side.
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Unit 7: Drafting the Declaration

Introduce students to the causes and rationale behind the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, as well as to its many audiences, both locally and abroad.
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Unit 8: After the Declaration: What Happens Next?

Introduce students to the unintended audiences of the Declaration, such as women, enslaved and free people of African descent, and laboring people (and what it meant to them).
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