1776: What Should We Do?

It is easy to see history as a series of events, each one simply unfolding after the other.

But in fact, the past is filled with key points at which different decisions might have changed the course of history. Before it was history, it was a choice.

Imagine that you are a citizen in one of the 13 colonies in the spring of 1776. Tensions across America, especially in New England are at their height. What should we do about our relationship with England?

This 16-page issue guide presents three options to consider:

Remain Unwavering in Our Support of the King

Be true to our heritage and remember that people in the 13 colonies are subjects of the Crown.

Declare Independence in Clear Terms

Be bold and declare that the 13 colonies are independent.

Use Diplomacy to Pursue Our Aims

Negotiate a peaceful solution.