Nanticoke Chapter DAR announces annual essay contest for grades 5-8

Posted 9/29/22

Nanticoke Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, announces its annual American History Essay Contest for students in grades 5-8. Public, private, and homeschool students, male or female, are …

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Nanticoke Chapter DAR announces annual essay contest for grades 5-8

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Nanticoke Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, announces its annual American History Essay Contest for students in grades 5-8. Public, private, and homeschool students, male or female, are encouraged to participate.

No DAR membership is required.

Last year’s Chapter winners were Carrie Drewer (then in 8th grade) of Crisfield Academy and High School, and Joelle Dorman (then in 5th grade) of Woodson Elementary School. Miss Dorman went on to receive the Maryland State Society DAR (MSSDAR) prize.

Essay Details

The 2022-2023 essay topic is “Delegate to Second Continental Congress:"

The Second Continental Congress met from May 10, 1775 - March 1, 1781, and included delegates from all thirteen colonies. This Congress was instrumental in shaping what was to become the United States of America. Imagine that you are a delegate during 1775-1776. Which colony are you from and what will be important for you to accomplish for your colony?

For mandatory, detailed instructions and helpful research references, contact mmaroon@mddar.org or call 443-783-7429. Essays are due to Nanticoke Chapter by Wed., Nov. 30.

Winners receive a cash prize, medal, certificate, and will be honored by Nanticoke Chapter during their February meeting.

Helpful History
For over 150 years, the original 13 Colonies belonged to Great Britain. Though the colonies had some local powers, ultimate control was held by the mother country, especially when it came to money: The Colonies were a rich source of taxes and trade for Britain.

Convened in 1774, the Continental Congress (active until 1789) was held by delegates from the 13 Colonies to address grievances against the British government, who were imposing heavy taxes and restricting the rights of colonial citizens.

The Second Continental Congress met in 1775, after the Revolutionary War had already started.

During the Congress’s 6-year session, the Continental Army was established, and efforts were made to appeal to King George III for reconciliation.

However, by the spring of 1776, the Congress began plans for what would become the Declaration of Independence, which was approved on July 4, 1776. The Articles of Confederation (adopted in 1777) was an early form of a national constitution that outlined the powers of the new United States of America.

The Second Continental Congress lasted for nearly the entire duration of the Revolutionary War, which formally ended with the Treaty of Paris in September of 1783.

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