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Celebrating 240 years since 1776, adapted in part from Stories of Faith & Courage from the Revolutionary War (AMG)

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February 1776

Presidents Day 
Which BFF (Best Friend Forever) of George Washington’s are you? Take it on Facebook
George Washington had many BFFs. Which best friend are you most like? From Presidents Day to Election Day, discover your friendship with America’s first president. 

Take the Quiz on Buzzfeed 
(Jane does not endorse Buzzfeed and Buzzfeed doesn't endorse Jane. This audience may be less familiar with Washington's BFFs, so a good way to inspire through edutainment).

Common Sense
“The state of a king shuts him from the world, yet the business of a king requires him to know it thoroughly,” Common Sense proclaims.

Common Sense was a hit because it logically explains why America and Britain should separate. Common Sense paves the way for declaring independence.

The author of Common Sense had been a corsette maker in Britain

“Though we have been wise enough to shut and lock a door against absolute monarchy, we at the same time have been foolish enough to put the crown in possession of the key,” Common Sense asserts.

Commone Sense was "Paine-ful" in 1776

Feb. 14, 1776
Thomas Paine reprints his bestseller Common Sense but keeps his identity anonymous. 

“Who the author of this production is, is wholly unnecessary to the public, as the object for attention is the doctrine itself, not the man. Yet it may not be unnecessary to say, that he is unconnected with any party, and under no sort of influence public or private, but the influence of reason and principle.”

Revolutionary Love in War

“I want to see you very much. I think you told me that you intended to see me once a month,” Sarah Hodgkins writes to her husband Joseph, who is fighting with the Continental Army in Cambridge. Like others, Sarah longs for General Washington to drive the British from Boston.

“It is generally thought that there will be something done amongst you very soon, but what will be the event of it God only knows,” she adds.

Independence in 1776 was simply Common Sense

“The sun never shined on a cause of greater worth [independence]” Common Sense proclaims.

“We have it in our power to begin the world over again” the author of Common Sense presents a new vision for a new country.


Celebrating 240 years since 1776, adapted in part from Stories of Faith & Courage from the Revolutionary War (AMG)

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