Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Risking Your Life for Your Country?

Answer one or both of the following questions:

1)  Declaration of Independence

The signers of the Declaration of Independence were committing TREASON when they signed this important document.  The punishment for treason was death.  Why do you think the delegates were willing to risk their lives to become an independent nation?  Would you have done the same thing?  Why or why not?

2)  Women in the Revolution

Why do you think so many women were willing to risk their lives fighting or helping in other risky ways during the war if they were not even given equal treatment in society?  Would you have risked your life to do this if you were a woman during the American Revolution?


  1. The signers of the declaration of independence knew they would be committing treason, and knew the punishment for treason was death. Why they still did this? They did it because they wanted to get back at the King. Everybody thought it was unfair to be taxed and to be ruled 3000 miles apart from Britain. Most people were afraid to sign the declaration of independence because they were aware of the punishment. John Hancock, the first signer, signed his name big so the king would see his name first. He probably hated the king since he was the first signer and wanted the king to notice his name. After he signed it other signers started to roll in and put there name on there. These people weren't afraid because they were confident in themselves, and everybody else.
    Tommy T
    Period: 10/11 A

  2. The signing of the Declaration of Independence told King George III that the colonies wanted to be their own country. By signing this document, the delegates were committing treason to England, and did so for one major reason. They were tired of being treated unfairly. They had been taxed, had their cities overrun with soldiers, and had been treated like they weren't even English. If I was a colonist during this time and I could sign the Declaration of Independence, I most likely would. I would probably have been affected by the tyranny of King George and would agree with the other delegates that what he had done was wrong.

    Jack S
    Period: 10 /11 B

  3. I believe that the delegates were risking their lives to do this because even if they did get killed, they would have inspired many and given future generations better lives. They were risking a few people's lives to change many others' lives. It was a selfless deed. I probably would have done it, just to help other people and to take down the colonies' unfair rulers.

    Cameron Craig
    Period 10-11A

  4. When the Declaration of Independence was signed, the founding fathers were committing treason. I think the delegates were willing to risk their lives because they were tired of being pushed around by King George III and they knew it would benefit the colonists. If I were one of the signers of the Declaration, I would have done the same thing. I would want people from the colonies to be able to be free and enjoy their lives. Not only men fought in the war but women did too. I think that women fought because they wanted to have equal treatment in society as men did. Women were brushed aside and were sometimes not allowed to do some things that men could. If I were a women in the Revolutionary War, I would want to fight in the war. I would want to be part of the war that made our country free, even if women did not receive equal treatment in society.

    Lauren S
    10/11 A

    1. I completely agree with you. The signers of the Declaration of Independence knew exactly what they were doing as they signed their names on that peice of paper. They knew there would be consequences of they signed, but they did anyway. They wanted to stop being pushed around and taxed by the king. So finally they said enough, they wrote this document stating that they were free, and added all of the things they felt the king had done wrong, and they called him out on it. I too would want people to stop being pushed around by the king. That is exactly why I would sign the document. That is also why I feel the men signed the Declaration of Independence. Freedom for all!

      Olivia T
      Period 10-11 B-Day

  5. To think that women were so willing to complete risky tasks for their country because they wanted to be free too. It wasn't just the men that wanted to be their own country, it was the women too. But when they did things to help the war, they did not get the same gratitude and recognition the men got. Even with this fact being true, they continued to fight for the war because as long as it was furthering our country, it didn't matter. If I was alive during this time, I would gladly fight for the freedom of this country, even if it did mean putting my life on the line. I would want to help as much as possible and do as much as I can to get our side to win. Because we deserved to be free, and that's what we got, and not just because of the men.

    Olivia T
    Period 10-11 B-day