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The American Revolution Basics - Chapter Summary
If you need to quickly review the basics of the American Revolution, this chapter was designed for you. Through a series of engaging and informative video lessons, you'll refresh your knowledge of the war's causes, battles and effects. Our expert history instructors will also explore the political documents and developments that led to the country's official formation. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:
- Describe the causes, events and turning points of the American Revolution
- Summarize the effects of the American Revolution
- Evaluate the weaknesses of Shays Rebellion and the weakness of the Articles of Confederation
- Explain the purpose of the Constitutional Convention
- Outline the Constitution's ratification and the formation of the United States government
You can access this chapter online at any time, and our subject-matter experts are happy to answer any questions you may have about the American Revolution. Review the lessons at your own pace, and take the accompanying self-assessment quizzes to make sure you've retained key concepts. If you want to study offline, you have the option of printing the included lesson transcripts. Finally, you can use any computer or mobile device to access these learning resources.
1. Causes of the American Revolution: Events & Turning Points
In this lesson, we explore the causes and the initial battles of the American Revolution, from the end of the French and Indian War up until the Declaration of Independence in July, 1776.
2. Effects of the American Revolution: Summary & History
In this lesson we explore the effects of the American Revolution, which were felt not just in Great Britain and North America, but across the Western world.
3. Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and Shays Rebellion
The Articles of Confederation were too weak to create an effective government for the new nation. In this lesson, discover how Shays' Rebellion proved that the national government needed to strengthen.
4. The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise
The Constitutional Convention was intended to amend the Articles of Confederation. Instead, those in attendance set out to found a republic (the likes of which had never been seen), which is still going strong well over 200 years later. To accomplish this task, compromises had to be made. The Great Compromise designed the bicameral congress the U.S. has today.
5. The Ratification of the Constitution and the New U.S. Government
The U.S. Constitution may be one of the most important documents in history, but it wasn't a sure thing. A lot of debate took place. There were many people passionate about ratification, and many people passionate about ensuring it didn't get ratified. The divide over the Constitution shows us the root of political parties in the U.S.
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