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Town Meeting 1775

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What is Town Meeting?

Colonists governed themselves through town meetings, a form of direct democracy in which most or all members of a community come together to discuss policies, laws and budgets for their community. Town Meeting have been utilized by towns in New England since the 1600s and are still used today by many towns. Learn more about Town Meeting here.

The 1775 Town Meeting was very important, here's an overview. Types of Town Government, video.

What are we going to do at the Schoolhouse?

We are going to reenact the Town Meetings from March and May of 1775. Each student will take on the role of a citizen of Needham who attended the Town Meeting in 1775. There will be five stations for you to visit in order to gain background knowledge before the meeting. The stations are the Warrant, the Committees of Correspondence, the pig problem, Roberts Rules of Order, and Town Meeting Roles. In order to make this experience as realistic as possible, feel free to dress up. Remember you're all men, because in 1775 women and non land owners couldn't vote. (clothing ideas) You'll talk more about costumes in class with your teacher.

The Procedures

We will follow the formal procedure for Town Meeting, this is called Roberts Rules of Orders. You'll learn all about this at one of the learning stations that day.

The Issues

Committees of Correspondence, Inspection and Safety-

  • The Committees of Correspondence was a group of citizens who passed along information throughout the colonies and generated propaganda against the British - basically they were spies! They worked side by side with the Sons of Liberty.

American Revoluiton and Needham -

Pigs -

Maps -

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Kathleen Martell, Instructional Technology Specialist
Needham Public Schools, Needham MA
June 2010