Letter to Charles Inglis on American Independence Paper
You are an American colonist living in Boston in February of 1776. The American
Revolution has begun yet the American colonies have not declared independence. You just
read Thomas Paine’s
advocating Independence and you begin to remember
two separate sermons you heard the previous year given by the Tory ministers Jonathan
Boucher and Charles Inglis
arguing against independence. Afterwards, you begin to
formulate your stance on American independence. Are you a rebel or a Tory? Is it time to
declare independence from the British?
You will write a 5-6 page letter to anyone of your choosing explaining your stance on
American independence and attempt to sway them to your way of thinking. You will use
and the sermons of Boucher and Inglis (available on Canvas) to
build your argument as well as 3 additional primary sources of your choosing. In other
words, you need to explain why you agree with one and disagree with the other. In the
letter, you need to clearly state your opinion on declaring independence and clearly explain
to your reader why they should make the same decision. You may use lecture material and
the textbook to add context to your letter.
In this assignment you need to exhibit creative writing skills as well as analytical thought.
You must submit both a paper and electronic copy. Late papers will be given a two-grade
reduction (20pts.) In this essay, I want you to make an argument and use examples from the
source material to back it up. You must cite the examples that you use in footnotes. Your
paper must be at least five full pages long! Your paper must be double-spaced in 12pt.
Times New Roman font. Be sure to staple your paper. Make sure you put your name on the
paper. For help on how to construct your letter, you can consult with me.
The assignment is due on
Monday June 24