The decision to support independence or not is one that students should empathize with by understanding the risks involved with either choice. Not enough time is given to learning about patriots, and not enough information is used when students do learn about them. The colonists identifying as a patriot or loyalist during the American Revolution went beyond just their attitude towards Great Britain; the decision to be for or against independence was a matter of values, livelihood, and conscience. Contrary to what some believe, their cause for fighting was not selfish. Many of these patriots were the first American soldiers, and the American soldier does not fight for one, but for all. In this lesson, when students leap into the life of colonists (using both primary and secondary sources), they will be able to have empathy for the choice they had to make that would change their lives forever.

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