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- Battles at Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill
- The Second Continental Congress and 'Common Sense' by Thomas Paine
- The legacy of the Declaration of Independence
- British loyalists and American patriots in the colonies
- Leadership of George Washington at Trenton, Saratoga and Valley Forge
- John Paul Jones and the naval battles during the Revolutionary War
- Loyalists in the South at the end of the Revolutionary War
- The Battle of Yorktown and the peace through the Treaty of Paris
- Social and economic impacts of the American Revolution
- Charles Finney and 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. Benjamin Franklin and the American Revolution: Importance & Role
Benjamin Franklin was in many ways the premier American Renaissance man. His life and career were as eclectic as they were extraordinary. Learn about the man, and read more about his role in the American Revolution.
12. Daniel Shays: Rebellion & Quotes
In the aftermath of the revolution, America had to determine how to govern itself. Many believed there should be no central government, but rather a loose confederation. As the country struggled with these issues, rising revolts such as the Shays' Rebellion exposed how fragile democracy can be.
13. Molly Pitcher: Biography, Facts & Timeline
Molly Pitcher, as she became known, is famous in United States history for taking the place of her husband and helping to fire a cannon at the Battle of Monmouth during the Revolutionary War.
14. Benjamin Franklin's Inventions: Timeline & Concept
Benjamin Franklin is one of the most recognizable names in United States history. Some of his best known work was as a scientist and signer of the declaration of independence. Learn more about Benjamin Franklin and test your understanding through a quiz.
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