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Understanding the Revolutionary War - Chapter Summary
Work through this series of engaging history lessons to better understand the Revolutionary War. Each lesson examines a specific historical concept related to the time period, such as the Second Continental Congress, key Revolutionary War battles and the end of the war. Upon completion of the chapter, you'll be able to:
- Summarize Thomas Paine's Common Sense and the Second Continental Congress
- Assess the text, signers and legacy of the Declaration of Independence
- Compare the views of the American Patriots and the British Loyalists during the American Revolution
- Explain the leadership of George Washington in Trenton, Saratoga and Valley Forge
- Evaluate important naval battles of the Revolutionary War, as well as the leadership of John Paul Jones
- Describe Southern-colony loyalists at the conclusion of the war
- Summarize the Battle of Yorktown and the Treaty of Paris
- Understand the social and economic impact of the American Revolution
You can work through the chapter at your own pace using any Internet-connected device. The chapter is taught by expert history instructors who present Revolutionary War topics in an engaging and simple manner. Take the included self-assessment quizzes to make sure you fully understand the chapter topics.
1. 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?
2. 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.
3. 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?
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
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