Davis Academy students re-enact 1775 Congress

In full costume, 68 eighth-graders from the Davis Academy assembled to reenact the 1775 Second Continental Congress that took place in Philadelphia, Pa. The middle-schoolers assumed the roles of the 56 original delegates and important American Revolutionists (i.e. Paul Revere, James Otis, John Jay, and Alexander Hamilton).  Eighth Grade Social Studies Teacher, Matthew Barry, portrayed General George Washington and lead the delegates and important historical figures in bringing history to life. After completing extensive research, the student delegates, representing the 13 colonies, spent the morning debating the important issues discussed at the historic meeting, such as: taxation, military actions and of course, whether to pursue independence from Great Britain.Delegates and historical figures Skyped with a fifth grade class in Illinois for the fourth year in a row, answering questions and sharing the ongoing events of the Congress with the remote students in real time. The event concluded with the writing and signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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