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Ch 18: Overview of the American Revolution

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Use these lessons and multiple-choice quizzes to review material on the American Revolution. Refresh your knowledge of different events and people involved in this pivotal part of American history.

Overview of the American Revolution - Chapter Summary

Instructors will discuss what you need to know about the American Revolution. You will also take a look at the various events and key figures who were a part of this historical time period. By the time you finish the chapter, you should know about the effects of the French and Indian War, the significance of the Proclamation Line of 1763, and the reasoning behind the Boston Massacre. Additionally, these lessons will explain the following:

  • Result of the new taxes from George Grenville
  • Information about the Boston Tea Party
  • Difference between a loyalist and a patriot
  • Events that led to the Revolutionary War
  • How events at Lexington and Concord started the American Revolution
  • How the United States gained France as an ally
  • Significant information about the Treaty of Paris

To make studying American history easy, we offer you short lessons that detail each topic listed above. These lessons are accompanied by self-assessment quizzes so you can assess your knowledge as you work your way through the chapter. When you complete the chapter, you can take the chapter test that allows you to self-evaluate your retention of everything you've studied. You will receive immediate feedback allowing you to go back into the lesson and further review the material until you are confident that you know it well.

10 Lessons in Chapter 18: Overview of the American Revolution
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The French and Indian War: Causes, Effects & Summary

1. 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.

Proclamation Line of 1763: Definition & Explanation

2. Proclamation Line of 1763: Definition & Explanation

Explore the historical origins of the Proclamation Line of 1763, understand its meaning, and learn about the consequences the line had on the relationship between Britain and her North American colonies.

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

3. 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.

The Boston Tea Party, Intolerable Acts & First Continental Congress

4. 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.

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.

British Loyalists vs. American Patriots During the American Revolution

6. 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?

The Continental Army: Definition & Facts

7. The Continental Army: Definition & Facts

Learn about the Continental Army and its leader, General George Washington. This lesson describes the events leading to the Revolutionary War and the Continental Army's key role in securing independence for the United States.

Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill: The American Revolution Begins

8. 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.

George Washington's Leadership at Trenton, Saratoga & Valley Forge

9. 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.

Treaty of Paris: Summary & Analysis

10. Treaty of Paris: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we will discuss the Treaty of Paris and the events that led up to its signing. After summarizing the treaty, we will analyze its aftermath.

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