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The American Revolution Kenji Lee

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Introduction 

My name is Smithy Wills, I am the shop owner of my on going business “Groceries on the go”. I am only 24 years old and single. I haven’t discovered my dream or passion yet, so now I am just a shop owner. I live in Boston, where the town sentry is.


The Stamp Act 1765 The Stamp Act 1765 Disappointment filled the air, stress on people’s faces. It’s been a month since this intolerable act has known as the stamp act has taken place. Many of the farmers, shop dealers and more including me have expected the government to abolish this act. The stamp act itself was an act that would have to make us pay more tax for the military to protect us. The government is saying it is for the better, using the money to help benefit the military to protect us. With the lack of money, more and more of the countries population are facing hunger and starvation. The scarcity of money is leading to the lack of our basic necessities of life to survive. I would rather have my basic needs than a military “protecting” us even though there hasn’t been any trouble with other countries right now. The only trouble that Britain is facing is the citizens themselves starving and dying. After much talk and discussion. Rumors started to fill the city of a rebellion of the stamp act A group by the name of The Sons of Liberty had enough of the act and the nonsense. They were planning to take on the role as leaders to stop the starvation of the people in Britain. I hadn’t joined and didn't plan to, as I was just as powerless and weak as everyone else was. But some people were desperate; they couldn't wait longer as they had a family to feed or had to feed themselves. The rebellion lasted for days, no one was killed yet. But we were all aware of the fact that the government was not afraid to fire into a crowd, so the Sons of Liberty had to keep everyone put and not stir up too much trouble. This was the first time we had actually overthrown a group so powerful! Although every single second of the rebellion, we were scared and on guard the entire thing. But the government now also is scared of us as we showed a potential rebellion that could lead to even worse that could threaten the Britain. The British government and the citizens


The Boston Massacre 1770 The Boston Massacre, 1770 Noises of people shouting, noises of people crying, noises of guns. Yesterday was a day that had changed Britain forever. Many names have been thought of to represent the chaotic event. It didn't leave Britain in pieces, it didn't leave buildings in ruins. But it left it’s people startled and afraid. The event had taken place in Boston just yesterday. And already it has spread through out Britain under the name, the Boston Massacre. Yesterday on March 5th, a group of the normal British people had gathered around our British Sentry and started to complain. More and more citizens like farmers and shop owners had started to join the mob of angry British people and started to riot and protest. It was rumored the mob of people were cursing the guards over and over again. But it is just a rumor, as no one dared to speak after what had happened next. Soon, 8 other guards or soldiers including Captain Thomas Preston had came to the sentry to see for themselves what was causing all the commotion down in the Sentry. Hours passed and the crowd of angry citizens didn't seem to stop. More shouting and cursing came along as more and more of the town’s people had gathered. They couldn't have a group of people just waiting outside the whole day or maybe even week or month just protesting, and they wanted to do something about it. The guards had fired into the crowd of protesters! Bullets and bullets getting shot into the crowd of people, not knowing what was going on, the crowd quickly dispersed and ran away. With all the commotion being stopped, complete silence fell over Britain. The Boston Massacre, 1770 Noises of people shouting, noises of people crying, noises of guns. Yesterday was a day that had changed Britain forever. Many names have been thought of to represent the chaotic event. It didn't leave Britain in pieces, it didn't leave buildings in ruins. But it left it’s people startled and afraid. The event had taken place in Boston just yesterday. And already it has spread through out Britain under the name, the Boston Massacre.


The Boston Massacre 1770 

Yesterday on March 5th, a group of the normal British people had gathered around our British Sentry and started to complain. More and more citizens like farmers and shop owners had started to join the mob of angry British people and started to riot and protest. It was rumored the mob of people were cursing the guards over and over again. But it is just a rumor, as no one dared to speak after what had happened next. Soon, 8 other guards or soldiers including Captain Thomas Preston had came to the sentry to see for themselves what was causing all the commotion down in the Sentry. Hours passed and the crowd of angry citizens didn't seem to stop. More shouting and cursing came along as more and more of the town’s people had gathered. They couldn't have a group of people just waiting outside the whole day or maybe even week or month just protesting, and they wanted to do something about it. The guards had fired into the crowd of protesters! Bullets and bullets getting shot into the crowd of people, not knowing what was going on, the crowd quickly dispersed and ran away. With all the commotion being stopped, complete silence fell over Britain.

Today we were told that about 5 people had been shot and died, and 6 wounded badly. Another rumor that spread out was that the guards hadn’t been ordered to fire upon the crowd of angry protesters who just wanted freedom and rights. The states of the soldiers now are still unknown. Many of the town’s people wanted them arrested and charged with a lot of money. The relatives or friends of the people who had been wounded or passed away had been attended and they want the soldiers dead. As we are not part of the government, we cannot know what they are dealing with, and the state of the soldiers are only known to the government. As for us, we just wait and see what happens.


Battle of Lexington and Concord Battle of Lexington and Concord, 1775 2 weeks ago, the shot heard around the world was heard. Fire and smoke left our Liberty Pole in pieces. Leaving the people’s hearts and hopes shattered. 2 weeks ago, there was a battle in our town of Lexington. Shots were fired and people were injured or wounded and some even died. We hadn’t of seen this coming until a man by the name of Paul Revere had warned us. By the time they had arrived, we were ready protect our town. The battle of Lexington left a gap in Britain. Along the horizon of the sun, the sound and sight of troops marching towards us. Armed with weapons of all sorts, rifles, knifes, and a lot more. Not prepared we were caught off guard, not ready to take in what was going to happen. Suddenly there was a shot. No one was aware who pulled the trigger, all we knew was that war was about to break out and things were going to get out of control. Without any help, we were soon to be overtook and chased out of our town. Then a group by the name of the Minute Men had come and fought the redcoats. The battle left 8 Minute Men dead. But this wasn't the end, the Redcoats headed towards our once Liberty pole and burned it down leaving it smoke and ashes. The Redcoats headed back and retreating from our demolished town. But the Minutemen weren’t going to let the Redcoats leave without giving them a piece of their mind. But before the Minutemen had even brought out their weapons, the Redcoats fired again. Killing two Americans. This made them even more furious and determined to fight and more firing had started. No one was safe, families running into shops and houses trying to protect themselves from the monstrosity that had broke out. The battle was face paced, deaths were inevitable rifles and muskets were being fired aimlessly hoping to hit one another. 3 of the redcoats were dead, and a few wounded. But it didn't seem like such a big deal compared to what was left of the town that the Redcoats and taken apart. Soon the battle drifted away. The Redcoats had retreated and not much was heard since then. People were saying the Minute Men had tried to attack the Redcoats on their march back. Those are only rumors, but the truth is that what lies ahead is war.


Declaration of Independence 1776

Declaration of independence, July 24th 1776

Today was a good day, all of the 13 colonies had agreed to the Declaration of Independence that was thought of by a man named John Adam. Later on people started to agree with John Adam’s idea including Hanry Richard Lee who wrote the document. The document ays that the 13 colonies should be separated from the British and become their own. The British were long gone, so the only thing hat stood in the way of the Declaration of Independence was the colonies themselves.

This wasn't the first time the patriots had tried to convince one another for peace or freedom. The Americans also had tried to negotiate with the British king with another document before called the Olive Branch Petition. The petition would bring peace hroughout Britain. The 13 colonies and Britain wouldn't attack one another. But that didn't work out as planned. But the Americans now had to agree with each other, not their enemy.

Originally when The Declaration of Independence was first brought up, many of the representatives had liked the sound of it. Being ree from the British once again. But there were some colonies that had didn't feel right about this idea and hadn’t agreed. Soon news would spread that John Adam and his group of patriots travelled through Britain spreading the message of freedom and their own ights. On the way, they had persuaded many colonies to join and sign the Declaration of Independence. After days of travelling and preading the message of freedom, John Adam had finally arrived back in Britain with good news. On the date of July 2nd, 12 colonies ame together to sign the Declaration of Independence. All having the same thing on their mind, they signed the Declaration with pride. The only colony that had trouble whether or not to sign the document was New York. But within two weeks, New York’s decision of not to sign the document changed and all 13 colonies had agreed on the Declaration of Independence.

What lies ahead is unknown. But we aren’t expecting the British coming back anytime soon!


Surrender at Yorktown 1781 Surrender at Yorktown, 1781 It's all over. The war between the British and the Americans has finally come to an end. Witnessing the victory from the Americans with help from the French. Now the British had surrendered which led to getting back Yorktown. Informants have the word that the British had setup a camp at Yorktown. As soon as this information was spread, the Americans took immediate action. The Americans wanted war against the British, to clear up their history and end it once and for all. During the battle, the Americans had help from an ally, the French. Benjamin Franklin had gone to and fro to get help and asked for assistance from the French. The French have known Benjamin Franklin and would agree to help them in the battle at Yorktown against the British. As the Americans and the French had discussed countless of hours on how to flank the British unexpectedly, they had used all their advantages. They noticed that Yorktown was a peninsula, which is a piece of land surrounded by water. This was definitely an advantage to them because if the Americans and French surrounded them, there would be no way for them to escape. And that was exactly what they did. The British may could have gotten water from the water bay around them, but they wouldn't survive long without any food. The Americans and the British had taken ships to the water bay surrounding Yorktown where the British were. This was the dangerous part, not knowing if the British would fire upon the ships that were surrounding them. This made the Americans and French on guard the entire time. On October 19th, 1781, the British would agree to the terms of surrender as they were helpless and didn't want to die. Since the war with the British is over and done, America is now its own, and we shall not listen to any other but ourselves. From here on out, its all us and nobody else. This is America.


Conclusion ďƒŹ

I’ve kept this diary for several years now. I’ve recorded and lived in the history changing events. I plan to keep this diary for my children as now I am married and a father of two young boys. America and its people thrived to get what we needed, we chased out the British and took back this land once again. It is hard to think, that people with no power at all can rise as one and do something that can change history and even kick out an entire army of British.


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