Ch 4: The American Revolution (1775-1783): Help and Review

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The American Revolution (1775-1783) chapter of this AP U.S. History Help and Review course is the simplest way to master the revolution. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of the American Revolution.

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  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the causes and events of the American Revolution
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  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
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  • Verify you're ready by completing the American Revolution chapter exam.

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Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in an American Revolution unit of a standard AP U.S. History course. Topics covered include:

  • Lexington and Concord and the start of the Revolution
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • George Washington as a military leader
  • The Battle of Yorktown
  • Economic and social aspects of the Revolution

17 Lessons in Chapter 4: The American Revolution (1775-1783): Help and Review
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Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill: The American Revolution Begins

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.

The Second Continental Congress and Thomas Paine's Common Sense

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?

The Declaration of Independence: Text, Signers and Legacy

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.

British Loyalists vs. American Patriots During the American Revolution

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?

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

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.

John Paul Jones and the Naval Battles of the Revolutionary War

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.

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

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.

The Battle of Yorktown and the Treaty of Paris

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.

American Revolution: Social and Economic Impact

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.

The Second Great Awakening: Charles Finney and Religious Revival

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.

George Rogers Clark: Biography, Facts & Quotes

11. George Rogers Clark: Biography, Facts & Quotes

Known as George Rogers Clark played a strategic role in the settling of Kentucky and in the Northwest frontier wars during the American Revolution. He is best known for his victory at Fort Sackville in the Battle of Vincennes.

Loyalist: Definition, Facts & Slogans

12. Loyalist: Definition, Facts & Slogans

Loyalists were supporters of the British monarchy during the American Revolutionary period. They went directly against the patriots, who wanted independence, by desiring peaceful status quo. Discover the loyalist cause in this lesson, including its most famous members.

Sovereign Government: Definition & Overview

13. Sovereign Government: Definition & Overview

Through this lesson, you will learn what defines a sovereign government and gain an understanding of how sovereignty effects global politics. When you are through, test your new knowledge with the quiz.

James Otis & the Revolutionary War: Quotes, Biography & Facts

14. James Otis & the Revolutionary War: Quotes, Biography & Facts

James Otis was a colonial leader in revolutionary America who argued against the Writs of Assistance. He is credited with popularizing the phrase 'no taxation without representation.'

Roger Sherman: Quotes, Biography & Facts

15. Roger Sherman: Quotes, Biography & Facts

Roger Sherman was the only Founding Father to sign all four major documents of the Revolutionary Era. He is best known for his proposal of the Connecticut Compromise.

Guerrilla Warfare in the Revolutionary War

16. Guerrilla Warfare in the Revolutionary War

There are many ways to fight a war, but are they all equally effective? In this lesson, we'll talk about guerrilla tactics and see how they were used in the American Revolution.

No Taxation without Representation: Meaning & Explanation

17. No Taxation without Representation: Meaning & Explanation

In the 1700s, the British imposed new laws on the 13 colonies, aggravating them towards independence. The slogan ''No Taxation without Representation'' encouraged a representative government and freedom from tyranny.

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