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This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the American Revolution for a standard US history course. Topics covered include:
- Outcomes of the battles at Lexington and Concord
- Turning points in the Battle of Bunker Hill
- Key points in Thomas Paine's 'Common Sense'
- Accomplishments of the Second Continental Congress
- The legacy of the Declaration of Independence
- Characteristics of British Loyalists and American Patriots
- The leadership of George Washington
- Outcomes of the Battle of Yorktown
- Conditions of the Treaty of Paris
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. 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.
7. Primary Source: The Boston Gazette's Coverage of the Boston Tea Party
The Boston Tea Party of 1773 is often seen as a great catalyst for the American Revolution. Bostonians famously raided a ship carrying British tea and dumped it into the harbor rather than pay taxes on it.
8. Primary Source: Ron Ridenhour's Letter about the My Lai Massacre
Of all the controversies of the Vietnam War, none were greater than the My Lai Massacre in 1968. American soldiers killed hundreds of unarmed Vietnamese civilians, including women, children, and infants.
9. Primary Source: New York Times' Article on Halt of Bombing in Vietnam
The American military believed that superior firepower, including aerial bombardments, could defeat the communist Vietnamese. Ultimately, however, it became clear that strategic bombing did not work.
10. Primary Source: The Treaty of Paris
The American Revolution officially came to an end in 1783 when the British and Americans signed the Treaty of Paris. The United States became the first, but certainly not the last, nation in history to successfully rebel against a European power.
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