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- Discuss the beginnings of the American Revolution.
- Examine events that shifted the colonists' goal to independence from Britain.
- Take a look at the Declaration of Independence and its legacy.
- Compare and contrast the British Loyalists and American Patriots.
- Learn about George Washington's leadership in the Revolution.
- Discuss the major naval battles of the Revolutionary War.
- Take a look at Britain's last-ditch effort to win the war.
- Learn about the Battle of Yorktown and Britain's surrender.
- Describe the social and economic impact of the American Revolution.
- Examine the Second Great Awakening and the shift in American religious values.
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. Stamp Act Congress: Definition & Resolutions
In 1765, the American colonists convened the Stamp Act Congress to address what they saw as increased tyranny and unfair taxation by the British. Read this lesson to learn more about what the Stamp Act Congress debated and accomplished.
12. The Declaratory Act of 1766: Definition & Summary
In this lesson, learn about the Declaratory Act of 1766, which claimed Parliament had the absolute right to tax the colonies. We will discuss what led to the act and how it ultimately pushed both countries towards war. Take a short quiz after the lesson.
13. Richard Henry Lee: Quotes, Biography & Facts
In this lesson we are looking at Richard Henry Lee. We will examine his service in the House of Burgesses, his role in the committee of correspondence, and his role in call for independence. Finally you can test your knowledge with a quiz.
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