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Ch 37: NMTA Social Science: The Road to Revolution (1700--1774)

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Use our lessons to refresh your knowledge about the events leading up to the American Revolution. The videos and quizzes will help you prepare for these types of questions on the NMTA Social Science exam.

NMTA Social Science: The Road to Revolution (1700--1774) - Chapter Summary

Review the ideas and actions that brought about America's war for independence from Britain as you get ready for the NMTA Social Science exam. These lessons cover topics that will prepare you for these types of questions on the exam:

  • Exploring the ideas of the American Enlightenment
  • Explaining how religious revival may have birthed ideas leading to independence
  • Naming the causes and impact of the French and Indian War
  • Analyzing the Sons of Liberty and their resistance to British rule
  • Looking at the events that precipitated the Boston Massacre
  • Describing the Boston Tea Party, the Intolerable Acts and the First Continental Congress

Our instructors will bring these events and personalities to life in this chapter's brief video lessons. You'll be exposed to topics that may come up on exam day.

Objectives of the NMTA Social Science: The Road to Revolution (1700--1774) Chapter

In New Mexico, everyone seeking certification to teach social science must pass the NMTA exam in that subject. The topics covered in the Road to Revolution (1700--1774) chapter are in the exam's section on U.S. history, which makes up 25% of the total score.

All questions on the exam are multiple-choice. The quizzes at the end of each lesson offer an opportunity to practice answering test questions in this format, as well as letting you assess your knowledge.

6 Lessons in Chapter 37: NMTA Social Science: The Road to Revolution (1700--1774)
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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.

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