Civics: The New United States (Winter 2021)

Review: The Declaration of Independence

  1. When do we celebrate Independence Day?
  2. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
  3. What did the Declaration of Independence do?
  4. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
  5. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?

A new country

The Declaration of Independence said “the United States is free!”

But, Britain still wanted to keep the 13 colonies.

The British military sent more and more soldiers and ships to America.

The new United States fought the British military. We call this fight The Revolutionary War.

Washington Crossing the Potomac, George Caleb Bingham

George Washington was the military leader for the United States. He was the general of the United States Army.

Washington was a hero and a strong leader during this difficult time. He was very, very popular with Americans.

He helped win the Revolutionary War, and he helped with the Constitutional Convention. We call him “the father of our country.”

Who is the “Father of Our Country”? –> George Washington

Washington is number one!

George Washington and the new US army fought the British for 8 years.

The US army won the war, and the British left the United States.

After the war, George Washington became the first president.

Who was the first president? –> George Washington

Benjamin Franklin also helped the new United States. He was a U.S. diplomat.

Benjamin Franklin went to France. After that, France helped the US fight the British.

What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for? –> US diplomat

The new country needed new laws, so the leaders wrote the Constitution. We often call these leaders the founding fathers of the United States.

What is the supreme law of the land? –> The Constitution

Can you answer these questions about the new United States?

  1. Who is the “Father of Our Country”?
  2. Who was the first President?*
  3. What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?
  4. What is the supreme law of the land?

Can you answer the civics questions about this information?