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Robert Kennedy's United States History Class

Journalism During the American Revolution 

After Watching the Videos Below and referring to the Sam Adams and Declaration of Independence lectures, play the role of a journalist whose task is to write a story reporting on the development the Continental Congresses between 1774-1776. You may either choose playing the role of journalist from:

  • London (main audience are bankers, merchants, and parliament members)
  • Boston ( main audience are bankers, dock workers, ship-rights, and members of the Son's of Liberty_
  • Virginia ( main audience are plantation owners)
  • New York City ( main audience are African American Freedman with various positions including mechanics, dock workers, carpenters, blacksmiths)

Written Assignment:

Whichever role you choose, keep in mind the perspective. If you are from London, you will be writing for an audience from London who would generally be alarmed by the events and actions unfolding in the colonies (particularly Boston). If you choose the role of a journalist from Boston, you are writing to an audience that is generally hostile and alarmed by the actions of the British. If you writing from the South Carolina perspective, your audience it going to be concerned about the British Empire and the agitators in revolting against the British Empire in Massachusetts. From the New York perspective, as African Americans you will be concerned about the revolutionary rhetoric and its contradictions and about whom to align with in the growing conflict (the British or the Americans). 

  • Your news report should include the 5ws (who, what, when, where, and why [and sometimes how] click here for guidelines )
  • Again, remember your perspective (role from either a journalist from Boston or London) should guide what you choose to emphasis, leave out, perhaps exaggerate)
  • Your report should be at least 500-750 words.
  • Feel free to use images as well.
  • In class, (date TBA) you will distribute your reports to the other groups.  


Your group will designate a "Anchor Person" to summarize the report and highlight your group's perspective 

John Adams at Lexington & Concord

King's Response to the Olive Branch

John Adams and Ben Franklin edit Jefferson's "Declaration of Independence"

The Passing of The Declaration of Independence

Olive Branch Petition 

Debate for Independence 

Washington Nominated as Commander and Chief