Ch 6: Chapter 6: The American Revolution (1776-1783)

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The American Revolution chapter of this Prentice Hall America Companion Course aligns with the same chapter in the Prentice Hall America: History of Our Nation textbook. These simple and fun video lessons are about five minutes long and help you learn the essential lessons about the American Revolution.

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  • Find the lesson within this chapter that corresponds to what you're studying in the American Revolution chapter of your textbook.
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You'll learn about all of the topics in the textbook chapter, including:

  • The three main parts of the Declaration of Independence
  • The makeup of the American Patriots and British Loyalists
  • Early Revolutionary War victories under George Washington
  • Details of the Southern Strategy
  • Revolutionary War naval battles
  • The significance of the Treaty of Paris
  • Economic and social effects of the American Revolution

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7 Lessons in Chapter 6: Chapter 6: The American Revolution (1776-1783)
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The Declaration of Independence: Text, Signers and Legacy

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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.

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

4. 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.

John Paul Jones and the Naval Battles of the Revolutionary War

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.

The Battle of Yorktown and the Treaty of Paris

6. 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

7. 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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