New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_691
A broadside from the Council of Safety to the people of Philadelphia ordering them to defend the city, December 2, 1776.
How would you feel if your town issued a similar statement?
How do you think the people of Philadelphia felt about it?
What sorts of things could the people of Philadelphia do to prepare to defend their city against the British?
The Sons of Liberty were sometimes seen as a violent mob. Research this organization and create a list of the positives and negatives of their actions.
Math: On September 26, 1777, British troops marched into Philadelphia. How many days passed between December 2, 1776, when the Philadelphia Council of Safety recommended that citizens prepare to defend the city and the day the British army entered Philadelphia?
English Language Arts: Old-fashioned spelling often used a "long s" when the letter "s" appeared at the beginning or middle of a word. The "long s" looked a lot like the letter "f." Which words in this statement appear to be spelled with f's instead of s's? Look closely at the "s" in "shut" and the "f" in "Defence." How are they different in appearance?
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