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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- How did the American Enlightenment affect intellectual and social life in America?
- Who were the Sons of Liberty?
- Why did the Declaratory and Townshend Acts lead to the Boston Massacre?
- How did the British respond to the Boston Tea Party?
- What role did the Second Continental Congress play in the independence movement?
- What were the guiding principles behind the Declaration of Independence?
- How did George Washington show leadership at Saratoga, Trenton and Valley Forge?
- What effects did the American Revolution have on the colonial economy and society?
1. The American Enlightenment: Intellectual and Social Revolution
The American Enlightenment was a time of intellectual and social revolution in the 18th century that changed ideas about government (particularly in the U.S.) and left a lasting legacy. Learn about the Enlightenment, or Age of Reason, with regard to how thinkers like John Locke changed the perception of government, Thomas Paine explained Enlightenment philosophy, and Benjamin Franklin widely published ideas of this period in U.S. history.
2. The First Great Awakening: Religious Revival and American Independence
The First Great Awakening was a religious revival in British colonies in America during the 1730s-1740s that emphasized human decision-making in matters of religion and morality. Explore the teachings of influential preachers like Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield and the religious movement's impact on American independence.
3. The French and Indian War: Causes, Effects & Summary
The French and Indian War not only resulted in changes in territorial divisions, it also affected relations between England and its colonies. Understand the causes of this war between European powers and its effects on the New World.
4. Sons of Liberty: Resistance to the Stamp Act and British Rule
In 1763, the new British Prime Minister, George Grenville, imposed taxes on the colonists in America to help pay the bills from the French and Indian War. Explore the Sugar Act, Currency Act, Quartering Act, and Stamp Act, and discover how the colonists resisted taxation without representation.
5. Boston Massacre: Declaratory & Townshend Acts
Tensions in the American Colonies culminated in a clash between colonist rioters and British soldiers, resulting in five colonists' deaths. Explore the details of the Declaratory and Townshend Acts and discover how they led to the Boston Massacre.
6. The Boston Tea Party, Intolerable Acts & First Continental Congress
After the Boston Massacre, tensions in the American Colonies died down, only for the Tea Act to reignite them. Explore the causes of the Boston Tea Party, the effects of the Intolerable Acts, and the assembly of the First Continental Congress.
7. 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.
8. The Second Continental Congress and Thomas Paine's Common Sense
By 1775, a war had erupted between the colonies of America and British forces. Explore the importance of the Second Continental Congress and of Thomas Paine's pamphlet, Common Sense, in helping lead America toward independence.
9. The Declaration of Independence: Text, Signers and Legacy
The Declaration of Independence asserted the purpose of the American government, the Colonists' grievances with British rule, and signaled the newly formed country's intention to fight for democracy and self-rule. Review the declaration's text, find out who signed it, and discover the legacy of the history-changing document.
10. British Loyalists vs. American Patriots During the American Revolution
During the American Revolution, colonists were split into two groups - Loyalists and Patriots. Explore the differing positions and demographics of each side, and the post-war fate of the Loyalists.
11. George Washington's Leadership at Trenton, Saratoga & Valley Forge
George Washington's leadership affected the battles of Trenton and Saratoga, as well as the encampment of Valley Forge. Explore these battles and who was involved, and consider the difficulties the army experienced in Valley Forge.
12. 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.
13. Loyalists in the Southern Colonies at the End of the Revolutionary War
In a final attempt to win the American Revolutionary War, the British implemented the Southern Strategy following their defeat at the Battle of Saratoga. Explore Britain's Southern Strategy, the key figures during this period of the war, and the significance of the Battle of Camden.
14. The Battle of Yorktown and the Treaty of Paris
Explore the Treaty of Paris, officially ending the American Revolution, and how it was accomplished. Learn the roles that British General Cornwallis, the Battle of the Chesapeake, and the Battle of Yorktown played in making this happen.
15. American Revolution: Social and Economic Impact
The American Revolution that occurred in North America between 1765 and 1783 led to a number of social and economic changes within the United States and around the world. Explore the political effects of the Revolutionary War, the role of Joseph Brant and Andrew Jackson in the Revolution, and the economic effects of the war.
16. The Second Great Awakening: Charles Finney and Religious Revival
The Second Great Awakening was launched after the American Revolution, with Americans turning their rebellious spirit toward religion. Explore the issues Americans took with traditional religious beliefs during this time period, plus how leaders such as Charles Finney and Lyman Beecher influenced a nation of evangelists, missionaries, and social activists experiencing a religious revival.
17. Nathan Hale: Quote, Biography & Facts
Nathan Hale was a young man who was hanged during the American Revolutionary War when he attempted to support the war effort by spying on the British. Learn about Hale by exploring his biography and facts of his life, including his dying quote. Review Hale's early life, role in the Revolution, capture, and death.
18. Famous & Important Women in the Revolutionary War
Women were not officially allowed into the military until the 1900s, but even in the American Revolutionary War in the 1770s and 1780s, women still had a big impact on the actual war effort. Learn more about some of these famous and important women!
19. The Liberty Bell: Facts & History
What is the Liberty Bell? Where did it come from? What is its historical significance? In this lesson, we will answer these questions and more regarding the Liberty Bell, a symbol of American patriotism.
20. The Battle of Cowpens: Summary & Facts
In early 1781, the American troops were exhausted. Thanks to the efforts of Brigadier General Daniel Morgan, the Patriots won an astounding victory at the Battle of Cowpens that boosted American morale.
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