Ch 2: The American Revolution Basics

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Study major events of the American Revolution with this online history chapter. These simple lessons and quizzes can help you get ahead in a history class, prepare for a test, conduct research for an essay or bring up your grades.

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.

5 Lessons in Chapter 2: The American Revolution Basics
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Causes of the American Revolution: Events & Turning Points

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.

Effects of the American Revolution: Summary & History

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.

Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and Shays Rebellion

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.

The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise

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.

The Ratification of the Constitution and the New U.S. Government

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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