About This Chapter
GACE History: The American Revolution - Chapter Summary
The information you need to know to answer questions on the GACE History test relating to the American Revolution can be reviewed with the help of our easy-to-follow video lessons. This chapter will cover the following topics to prepare you for the exam:
- Events that led to the beginning of the American Revolution
- The significance of Thomas Paine's Common Sense
- The key players, legacy, and meaning of the Declaration of Independence
- The divide between British loyalists and American patriots
- How Washington led battles at Trenton, Saratoga, and Valley Forge
- Naval battles that took place during the war
- The historical impact of the Second Great Awakening
- Resulting social and economic impacts after the Revolution
Each topic is presented through a clear, engaging video lesson led by one of our instructors. You can take different studying approaches to find out which method is most enjoyable for you.
GACE History: The American Revolution - Chapter Objectives
The GACE History exam gauges your knowledge of historical concepts to determine your preparedness for teaching secondary-level history. Throughout this chapter, you'll learn about topics that will appear on the portion of the exam covering U.S. history up until 1877, which accounts for about 40% of Test II. These lessons are designed to help strengthen your knowledge of how the American Revolution shaped U.S. history so that you'll be ready to answer exam questions correctly. To see how much you know and to preview the types of questions that will appear on the exam, you can also take the self-assessment quizzes provided throughout the chapter.
You'll be prompted to answer selected-response questions on the exam, which may require you to click on an object, sentence, or answer to select the correct choice. The questions relating to the American Revolution may be based on political, social, economical, or cultural aspects of the war.
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.
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?
3. 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.
4. 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?
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
Earning College Credit
Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.
To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page
Transferring credit to the school of your choice
Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.
Other chapters within the GACE History (534): Practice & Study Guide course
- GACE History: Early Civilizations
- GACE History: Ancient Civilizations in the Near East
- GACE History: Bronze & Iron Ages in the Near East
- GACE History: Ancient Africa & Americas
- GACE History: Ancient China
- GACE History: Ancient India
- GACE History: Ancient Greece
- GACE History: Hellenism & the Athenian Achievement
- GACE History: The Rise of the Roman Republic
- GACE History: The Fall of the Roman Empire
- GACE History: The Rise of Christianity
- GACE History: The Byzantine Empire
- GACE History: The Rise of the Islamic Nation
- GACE History: Medieval Europe
- GACE History: Crusades & Church Reform in Medieval Europe
- GACE History: Hundred Years' War
- GACE History: Middle & Late Age Developments in Asia
- GACE History: Africa & the Americas in the Middle & Late Ages
- GACE History: The Renaissance
- GACE History: The Protestant Reformation
- GACE History: The Age of Exploration
- GACE History: The Elizabethan Era
- GACE History: Colonialism
- GACE History: The Scientific Revolution
- GACE History: The Enlightenment
- GACE History: 15th-18th Centuries in Asia & Africa
- GACE History: Revolutions Around the World From 1750-1914
- GACE History: Imperialism
- GACE History: World War I
- GACE History: World War II
- GACE History: The Cold War Era
- GACE History: Spreading Democracy Around the World
- GACE History: Europe & the United States After 1945
- GACE History: Africa & the Middle East After 1945
- GACE History: Asia & the Pacific After 1945
- GACE History: Contemporary Global Developments & Concerns
- GACE History: Colonizing the Americas
- GACE History: Settling North America
- GACE History: The Road to Revolution
- GACE History: The Making of a New Nation
- GACE History: The Virginia Dynasty
- GACE History: Jacksonian Democracy
- GACE History: Life in Antebellum America
- GACE History: Manifest Destiny
- GACE History: Sectional Crisis
- GACE History: American Civil War
- GACE History: Reconstruction & the Gilded Age
- GACE History: Industrialization & Urbanization
- GACE History: The Progressive Era
- GACE History: American Imperialism
- GACE History: The Roaring 20s
- GACE History: The Great Depression
- GACE History: The US in World War ll
- GACE History: The Cold War
- GACE History: Post-War World
- GACE History: Protests, Activism & Civil Disobedience
- GACE History: The 1970s
- GACE History: The Rise of Political Conservatism
- GACE History: Contemporary America
- GACE History: The History of Georgia
- GACE History Flashcards