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“This is a constitution for the people…”

by on March 24, 2011


The Presidential Troupe traveled to North Bend Elementary in North Liberty to present Time Travel to Revolutionary America to 5th graders on Tuesday. The building was built three years ago and is state-of-the-art in every way:  white boards, computers everywhere,  commons areas for students to work together, etc.

That’s Ben Franklin talking about the constitution while Samuel Adams watches. One of Samuel’s quiet moments that doesn’t happen very frequently. He’s usually riling up the crowd.


Phyllis portrays a Loyalist, not a specific person, but nonetheless a person loyal to the King of England. We think it adds to the presentation that students hear both sides of the story.

Loyalist: Good morrow young ladies and gentlemen. I’m going to tell you a secret – I am a Loyalist, but don’t tell these fine people. If they thought I was a Loyalist they would call me a traitor, or turn coat, or any of those names they use to describe those of us who support our Mother Country and the Royal family.

Why in the early part of the 1700s life in these colonies was wonderful, peaceful, a pleasant place for all. Great Britain was far away and paid little attention to what was going on here. Our own assembly men ran the townships and villages. The King seldom used his authority and when George III took the throne we all acclaimed undying loyalty to him, but then came the French and Indian Wars. They lasted 7 years and Britain had to send troops and more troops to protect our citizens. Of course the British Army included some colonists, in fact young Colonel George Washington was involved. The regulars had to be sent from Britain and all this left King George in debt. He had to call on the colonists to help. So he began to levy taxes on us. And why not, after all we should pay our share for our own protection!


Jonte’ April 4, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Dear Ben,
I had fun when you came. You kindly showed me how it would be in 1776 and your friend Adams showed the 5th grade how he didn’t like tax on tea and I read a book about you and it said how you didn’t stop making new ideas and when you made the lightning rod and then when you were a boy did you hunt?
Sincerely, Jonte’
Tip: This national symbol rang out on July 8, 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was read alound. [The Liberty Bell]

Seanna from Jefferson Elementary April 4, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Dear Loyalist,
I was really impressed by your guyses outfits. Your story was amazing. I really liked the part when you turned your back on the other people. Thank you so much for coming to our school to do your play. We all really liked it.

Alicia from Jefferson Elementary April 4, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Dear Benjamin Franklin,
I like how you really looked like Benjamin Franklin. I liked how you all speaked in different ways, that was really cool. Your wig looked like real hair.
P.S. You were all very good. Thank you very much, you taught me a lot. You all looked just like the real people.
Thank you!!

Kalli from Jefferson Elementary April 5, 2011 at 10:19 am

Dear Loyalist,
Thank you for teaching me so much. I learned so much I think my head grew. I love to read about Patriots and Loyalists. President Adams was so quiet and relaxed. You and Adams were my favorite.
Your Friends,

Demonte from Jefferson Elementary April 5, 2011 at 10:22 am

Dear Mrs. Loyalist,
I liked your play it was neat but I would have been a patriots but when your part came it made me think about the other side of the story. It really made me think a lot.
P.S. You did a great job!

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