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neutral

not taking a side in a disagreement

enlist

to join

grievances

a complaint

independence

the freedom to govern on one's own

turning point

a single event that causes important and dramatic change

traitor

one who works against one's own government

preamble

an introduction; first part

regiment

a large, organized group of soldiers

allegiance

loyalty

pacifists

a believer in the peaceful settlement of differences

principle

a rule that is used in deciding how to behave

Loyalists

a person who supported the British government during the American Revolution

resolution

a formal statement of the feeling of a group of people about an important topic

negotiate

to talk with another to work out an agreement

Patriots

a colonist who was against British rule and supported the rebel cause in the American Colonies

public opinion

the point of view held by the majority of people

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