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This chapter helps students review the concepts in an American Revolution unit of a standard high school U.S. history course. Topics covered include:
- Early battles at Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill
- The Second Continental Congress and publication of Thomas Paine's 'Common Sense'
- The legacy of the Declaration of Independence
- British loyalists and American patriots during the American Revolution
- Leadership of George Washington at Trenton, Saratoga and Valley Forge
- John Paul Jones and the Revolutionary War naval battles
- Loyalists in the South at the end of the Revolutionary War
- The Battle of Yorktown and terms of peace through the Treaty of Paris
- The American Revolution's social and economic impacts
- The Second Great Awakening
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
11. Coercive Acts: Definition & Summary
Before the American Revolutionary War had officially broken out, the British Crown would pass the 1774 Coercive Acts, which would further deteriorate the relationship between the British and the American colonies. Read this lesson to learn more about the acts that helped bring America one step closer to revolution.
12. Francis Scott Key: Biography & Facts
Francis Scott Key is best known today as the author of 'The Star-Spangled Banner,' now the national anthem of the United States. Learn about Key's life as a prominent attorney and hymn writer as well as the back story behind the song.
13. Independence Hall: Facts & History
This lesson discusses Independence Hall in Philadelphia, a building that is considered to be the birthplace of American freedom. Learn more about the history of the former Pennsylvania State House and then test your factual knowledge with a quiz.
14. John Hancock: Facts, Biography & History
John Hancock was the first president of the Second Continental Congress, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and the first Governor of Massachusetts. He played a leading role in many events of the American Revolution.
15. Natural Rights: Definition & Examples
Conceived by John Locke, natural rights are privileges and basic freedoms people are entitled to simply because they exist. Learn more about the inspiration for natural rights in this lesson, identify key examples of these rights, and assess what you learned in a quiz.
16. Samuel Adams: Biography, Facts & History
The patriots needed someone radical, like Samuel Adams, when tensions with England were rising. Read more about this revolutionary with a rebellious nature was one of the major factors in the United States becoming an independent nation.
17. The Age Of Reason by Thomas Paine: Summary & Philosophy
In this lesson, we'll learn about Thomas Paine's influential pamphlet, 'The Age of Reason.' We'll explore who Thomas Paine was, what kind of views he advanced in this text, and how his thinking fits within a broad historical context.
18. The Battle of Bunker Hill: Definition, Summary & Facts
By 1775, the American Revolution from Great Britain was beginning to accelerate. At a hill north of Boston, in June 1775, the Revolution became all but inevitable.
19. The Battle of Saratoga: Definition, Summary, Facts & Significance
The Battle of Saratoga was a significant turning point for the Patriots during the American Revolutionary War. Learn more about the background, circumstances, and significance of this victory for the United States.
20. Boston Freedom Trail: History & Sites
In this lesson, we discover the Boston Freedom Trail, a historical walking tour that one can explore for hours or even days, learning American Revolution history along the way.
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