reasons he imagined. Britain had opposed Rhodesia’s independence because Smith wanted to establish a gov- ernment ruled by white citizens only. By 1978, leaders of the black majority planned an overthrow of the white government. With the likelihood of an armed rebellion approaching, the whites of Rhodesia gave in to the black majority, which took control of the government and changed the name of the country to Zimbabwe. 35 The Words of Thomas Jefferson
Text-Dependent Question What are the names of some other countries that issued their own declarations of independence? Research Project The French Revolution, which was inspired by the Declaration of Independence, was a major event in European history. Using your library or the Internet, read about the events leading up to the start of the Revolution in 1789. Create a timeline of events of the French Revolution, starting in 1776 and ending with the seizure of power by Napoleon in 1799.
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