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Ch 2: Events & Leaders of the American Revolution

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The Events & Leaders of the American Revolution chapter of this American Revolution Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study this period's significant battles and historical figures. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts associated with the American Revolution.

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This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the events and leaders of the American Revolution for a standard U.S. history course. Topics covered include:

  • Battles at Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill
  • Outcomes of the Second Continental Congress
  • Thomas Paine's Common Sense
  • The Olive Branch Petition
  • The Declaration of Independence's contents and legacy
  • American Patriots and British loyalists
  • The leadership of George Washington
  • John Paul Jones and the Continental Navy
  • The Battle of Yorktown
  • The Treaty of Paris
  • Social and economic impacts of the war
  • The Second Great Awakening

13 Lessons in Chapter 2: Events & Leaders of the American Revolution
Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill: The American Revolution Begins

1. Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill: The American Revolution Begins

Following the Boston Tea Party, Massachusetts was placed under the command of the British army. Rumors of a rebellion led to an attempted raid on the militia's arsenal. The events that followed at Lexington and Concord touched off the American Revolution.

The Second Continental Congress and Thomas Paine's Common Sense

2. The Second Continental Congress and Thomas Paine's Common Sense

1763 marked the beginning of the long road to revolution for the American colonies. By 1775, military actions had finally erupted. How were the colonists and their leaders going to respond?

Olive Branch Petition: Definition & Summary

3. Olive Branch Petition: Definition & Summary

The Olive Branch Petition was the last ditch effort of American colonists to make peace with the British crown. In this article, we'll look at the historical background that led to the petition, and consider how the petition was received by the king.

The Declaration of Independence: Text, Signers and Legacy

4. The Declaration of Independence: Text, Signers and Legacy

After 12 years of tension and fighting, the colonists and their leaders were ready to declare themselves a new country, independent of Great Britain. This lesson examines the motives, the text, and the legacy of America's Declaration of Independence.

British Loyalists vs. American Patriots During the American Revolution

5. British Loyalists vs. American Patriots During the American Revolution

In this lesson, learn about the difficult decisions faced by individuals as the American Revolution erupted. Would you have been a Loyalist or a Patriot? Are you sure about that?

George Washington's Leadership at Trenton, Saratoga & Valley Forge

6. George Washington's Leadership at Trenton, Saratoga & Valley Forge

After a series of setbacks in 1776, George Washington's leadership of the Continental Army helped America turn the tide of the war in three pivotal locations, prompting France to recognize the United States as a nation and an ally.

John Paul Jones and the Naval Battles of the Revolutionary War

7. John Paul Jones and the Naval Battles of the Revolutionary War

Naval battles in the American Revolution are something of a lost chapter in history. Find out about the world's first military submarine, the privateers of the Continental Navy, and the helpful actions of three foreign allies at sea.

Loyalists in the Southern Colonies at the End of the Revolutionary War

8. Loyalists in the Southern Colonies at the End of the Revolutionary War

After surrendering their northern army in the American Revolution, British leaders looked to the Southern Strategy. General Charles Cornwallis hoped that loyalist forces would hold territory so he could sweep north and end the war in Virginia.

The Battle of Yorktown and the Treaty of Paris

9. The Battle of Yorktown and the Treaty of Paris

After the unsuccessful Southern Strategy, General Cornwallis pulled his army up to Yorktown, Virginia. A combined effort by the armies and navies of America and France resulted in British surrender and the 1783 Treaty of Paris that recognized the United States of America.

American Revolution: Social and Economic Impact

10. American Revolution: Social and Economic Impact

Learn about the impact of the Revolutionary War throughout the world, especially on various segments of American society. We'll look at political, social, and economic impacts.

The Second Great Awakening: Charles Finney and Religious Revival

11. The Second Great Awakening: Charles Finney and Religious Revival

The spirit of the Revolution led to changes in American churches in the post-war years. Beginning with a boom in evangelism and missionary work, the Second Great Awakening soon led to social reform, an intertwining of religious values with civic values, and a lasting emphasis on morality in daily life.

Effects of the American Revolution: Summary & History

12. Effects of the American Revolution: Summary & History

In this lesson we explore the effects of the American Revolution, which were felt not just in Great Britain and North America, but across the Western world.

Deborah Sampson: Biography & Facts

13. Deborah Sampson: Biography & Facts

In 2016, the first women in U.S. history were accepted into Special Forces training. These two women mark an important part in the history of women in the military- one that started with Deborah Sampson and other women in the Revolutionary War.

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