“This is a constitution for the people…”
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!