Olive Branch Petition Primary Source Questions

July 5, 1775
Scan of the Olive Branch Petition

Read the Olive Branch Petition here. 

  1. Examine the word choice and tone used by the colonists in this petition. What attitude are they using towards the King? Why do you think?
  2. How did the colonists justify taking up defenses against the British?
  3. What do the colonists want the King to understand?
  4. What are the colonists petitioning the King to do? 
  5. Do you think the colonists were being genuine in their reverence towards Britain and the King? Why or Why not?