(Al Cirton rap) (recitation by Paul)

Patriot's History: Revolution (Chapter 3)

Music: Battle Hymn of the Republic

Summary
The British said Americans should pay a tax,
and opposition by the people brought attacks.
Our patriots sought freedom, based on Higher Laws,
while risking all as traitors to the British cause.

Chapter
The British Stamp Act scornfully imposed a tax
on all transactions. Opposition brought attacks
on commoners by British soldiers -- this was called
the Boston Massacre. The public was appalled,
and spurred by Patriots (the Sons of Liberty),
the Revolution started with a load of tea
from England dumped in Boston Harbor; and the men
of God and law and politics used word and pen
to fight oppression; farmers, merchants, men of trade
all rallied in the name of God. A cavalcade
of Minutemen would fight
at moment's notice, quite
a scene, the orator
Sam Adams making sure
the independent fire
would raise the people's ire,
and words from Thomas Paine
would echo the refrain.
So listen children, pause
to hear as William Dawes
and Paul Revere would cry
"To arms!" to notify
the Minutemen, and war
began its anguished roar.
And Washington, a man of great tenacity,
charisma, virtue, boldness, and humility,
prevailed against the odds, as Thomas Jefferson,
Ben Franklin, and the Godly Adams would begin
their call for independence, based on Higher Laws,
while risking all as traitors to the British cause.

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