During the American Revolution, the Continental Army was lead by George Washington and experienced various high and low points. Along with the regular Continental Army, local militiamen, called “Minutemen” played an important role in winning the war for American independence.
At the beginning of the war, many symbols were used to represent the American independence movement. Going as far back as 1754, Benjamin Franklin had used the “Join or Die” flag as a symbol of the need for the English colonies to unite. A recurring theme in the symbolism was the use of the rattlesnake. The rattlesnake was used in the first flag of the United States Navy in 1775.
FIRST US NAVY FLAG (1775)
Another flag that became a symbol of American freedom and the fight for independence was the Bennington flag that was said to have been flown in 1777 during the Battle of Bennington in Vermont.
The rattlesnake appears again in the Gadsden Flag. In 1775, Col. Christopher Gadsden presented his flag to the Second Continental Congress and to his home state of South Carolina. Gadsden’s flag became a symbol of freedom during the Revolutionary War and is still used by groups in the USA today as a symbol of personal independence and liberty.
PER. 3- YOUR ASSIGNMENT:
Research the history of the Gadsden Flag and the symbolism of the rattlesnake during the early days of the American War for Independence. Write 2 paragraphs describing why early Patriots used the rattlesnake as a symbol of freedom, including the traits of the rattlesnake that they felt were admirable and fitting to the militias of the USA. Assignment will be typed and turned-in by Tuesday 11/23/10. Turn-in can be on paper (by end of school Tuesday)or via email (received in email by 11:59pm Tuesday night)
PER. 2,4,5,6- YOUR ASSIGNMENT:
Write 1 paragraph describing the history of the Gadsden flag and why Christopher Gadsden used the rattlesnake as the symbol of freedom on his flag. Turn-in can be on paper (by end of school Tuesday)or via email (received in email by 11:59pm Tuesday night)
EMAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org