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Understanding Primary Sources: Colonial Reactions

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Drawn from Gale’s acclaimed Reference Library products, this concise study guide helps you explore central ideas of primary sources in their historical context. Profiles of the authors and surrounding events; timelines and images; engaging research, discussion and activity ideas; “Did you know?” facts; and additional features make this guide valuable for students and lifelong learners. Primary sources covered: Benjamin Franklin's letter to Thomas Cushing, Public Statement on the Hutchinson Letters and “An Edict by the King of Prussia”; and excerpts from Edmund Burke’s “On Conciliation"; the first of the Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania to the Inhabitants of the British Colonies by John Dickinson; Thomas Jefferson’s “A Summary View of the Rights of British America”; Patrick Henry’s "Give me liberty, or give me death!" speech; Thomas Paine’s Common Sense; and King George’s “A Proclamation by the King for Suppressing Rebellion and Sedition.”

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