Road to the Declaration of Independence
This summer, join the National Archives for a virtual journey down to the road to the Declaration of Independence. This year's road will focus on events between 1761 and 1770, each of which can be viewed on the @USNationalArchives Facebook page. Save the dates and learn about the journey of one of the nation's most important documents!
Monday June 28 @ 1 p.m. ET
The French and Indian War: George Washington
George Washington tells the story of his time as a young officer in the British Army, recalling how rivalries between France and England played out in a war on the North American continent.
Tuesday June 29 @ 1 p.m. ET
Raising Revenue: The Early Acts of Parliament with John and Abigail Adams
Abigail and John Adams reflect on how British revenue acts affected daily life in the American colonies, discussing the importance of a government that listens to the voices of its people.
Wednesday June 30 @ 1 p.m. ET
The Acts of Rebellion: The Stamp Act and the Townshend Acts with Patrick Henry and John Dickinson
Patrick Henry and John Dickinson express their views on England’s oppressive colonial policies, and why the North American Colonies should unite in defense of their natural rights.
Thursday July 1 @ 1 p.m. ET
Before the Boston Massacre: Voices of Boston in Early March 1770
Phillis Wheatley, Mrs. Benjamin Edes of the Boston Gazette, and Crispus Attucks discuss conditions in Boston and New York just before the “Boston Massacre”.
Friday July 2 @ 1 p.m. ET
The Boston Massacre Trial: Thomas Gage and John Adams
Thomas Gage expresses the loyalist point of view in the American Colonies while John Adams explains the importance of his decision to perform the unpopular task of defending the British soldiers after the Boston Massacre.