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Ch 25: Causes & Consequences of the American Revolution

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These lessons on the causes and consequences of the American Revolution can help you prepare for a class project or get ready to pass an exam. You can improve your knowledge of the American Enlightenment, how the American Revolution affected the economy, and more.

Causes & Consequences of the American Revolution - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter provide an overview of the causes and consequences of the American Revolution. Review details about the hated Stamp Act, the Sons of Liberty, and the Seven Years' War. You can also gain a clearer understanding of boycotts organized by colonists as a result of legislation passed in 1763. After completing the chapter, you should be prepared to:

  • Explain where the Enlightenment began and where it spread
  • Discuss the impact that the First Great Awakening had on religious traditions
  • Provide details about the fight between France and Great Britain
  • Recount efforts to solve problems that arose from the French and Indian War
  • Discuss what led to the Boston Massacre
  • Recall what preceded the Boston Tea Party
  • Detail the timeline of the American Revolution
  • Explain how the Revolutionary War affected American society

These lessons can help you comprehend the causes and consequences of the American Revolution, and our instructors provide plenty of helpful illustrations. You can study all the lessons in order, or only the topics you need to review. A brief quiz is available for each lesson to test your knowledge, and you can print the quizzes out and study them.

8 Lessons in Chapter 25: Causes & Consequences of the American Revolution
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The American Enlightenment: Intellectual and Social Revolution

1. The American Enlightenment: Intellectual and Social Revolution

For a thousand years, Europe had been living in the Dark Ages until a series of philosophical, religious and scientific movements helped turn on the lights. The Enlightenment began in Europe, but quickly spread throughout America in the 1700s and helped set the stage for a revolution against British rule.

The First Great Awakening: Religious Revival and American Independence

2. The First Great Awakening: Religious Revival and American Independence

While the Enlightenment was shaping the minds of 18th-century colonists, another movement, the First Great Awakening, was shaping their hearts. With freedom of conscience at its core, the Awakening led Americans to break with religious traditions and seek out their own beliefs while sharing common values.

The French and Indian War: Causes, Effects & Summary

3. The French and Indian War: Causes, Effects & Summary

In the mid-1700s, the Seven Years' War involved all of the world's major colonial powers on five continents. The biggest fight was between France and Great Britain, and the victor would come away with control of North America.

Sons of Liberty: Resistance to the Stamp Act and British Rule

4. Sons of Liberty: Resistance to the Stamp Act and British Rule

In 1763, British Prime Minister George Grenville passed new legislation aimed at solving some of the empire's problems stemming from the French and Indian War. The colonists cried, 'Taxation without representation is tyranny!' They organized boycotts, the Sons of Liberty and the Stamp Act Congress until some of the new taxes were lifted.

Boston Massacre: Colonists and the Declaratory and Townshend Acts

5. Boston Massacre: Colonists and the Declaratory and Townshend Acts

After overturning the hated Stamp Act, Parliament asserted its right to tax the colonists without representation by passing the Declaratory Act. When the Townshend Acts imposed import duties, the colonists went into action again. An escalating cycle of violence ended with the Boston Massacre, resulting in the cancellation of all duties except the one on tea.

The Boston Tea Party, Intolerable Acts & First Continental Congress

6. The Boston Tea Party, Intolerable Acts & First Continental Congress

Three years of calm followed the Boston Massacre and the repeal of most Townshend duties. But no sooner had Parliament passed a new tax on tea than the colonies were in an uproar again about taxation without representation. What followed were the Boston Tea Party and the fateful last steps leading to war.

The American Revolution: Timeline & Major Events

7. The American Revolution: Timeline & Major Events

In this lesson, we will take a big-picture look at the American Revolution. We will place it within the context of a timeline, and we will highlight major events and themes.

American Revolution: Social and Economic Impact

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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