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The American Revolution
The lessons in this chapter examine the events, leaders and social implications of the American Revolution. You'll learn about important battles, including the Battles of Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill that started the conflict. Another lesson looks at the events that ended the war, including the Battle of Yorktown and the Treaty of Paris. You'll get information on George Washington's leadership of the army at Saratoga, Trenton and Valley Forge, and learn why these places were crucial to the colonial movement's success.
Another lesson explores the Second Continental Congress and the agreement it reached to unite militias from the colonies into one army to fight the British. This lesson also shows that rights, not war, were what the colonial leaders really wanted. You'll see what Thomas Paine wrote in his pamphlet Common Sense, and learn how it turned many colonists towards rebellion. The stress between colonists who remained loyal to the British and those who were in favor of American liberty is also discussed in this chapter.
The Declaration of Independence is the topic of another lesson. You will learn when it was written and adopted and what it accomplished. You'll look at who the signers were and why they thought this proclamation was vital. A portion of the video covers the long-lasting impact of the Declaration of Independence on America and the world.
These concise video lessons are taught by experienced instructors who know how to make learning enjoyable. You can test your knowledge at the end of each lesson with multiple-choice quizzes. The quizzes contain links back to the video so you can easily locate and review key terms and topics.
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.
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