We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution, Level 3
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Lesson 6 Purpose
The growth of the American colonies raised issues with the parent country, Great Britain, that were difficult to resolve peacefully. This lesson describes the circumstances that produced the Declaration of Independence and the major ideas about government and natural rights included in that document.

When you have finished this lesson, you should be able to describe the British policies that some American colonists believed violated basic principles of constitutional government and their rights as Englishmen. You also should be able to explain why Americans resisted those policies and how that resistance led to the Declaration of Independence. You should be able to evaluate the arguments that the colonists made to justify separation from Great Britain. Finally, you should be able to evaluate, take, and defend positions on violations of colonists' rights before the Revolution and important questions about the meaning and implications of the Declaration of Independence. Audio ]
Lesson 6      Why Did American Colonists Want to Free Themselves from Great Britain?
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