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U.S. History I--Revolution

Click here to check out an interactive global map of the Revolution era

Click here to see an interactive page about Daily Life in the Colonies

HISTORIC SITES:

Boston Massacre Site - We talked about the marker on a traffic island in class.  It seems there has been a make-over of the site since I visited.  Click to see the history of the Boston Massacre Site marker

The French and Indian War brought increased British attention to the colonies, with resulting taxes and military presence.

KEY INDIVIDUALS:

King George III: British king during the Revolutionary era

Lord Cornwallis: British general who surrendered at Yorktown

John Adams: Championed the cause of independence

George Washington: Commander of the Continental Army

Thomas Jefferson: Major author of the Declaration of Independence

Patrick Henry: Outspoken member of the House of Burgesses; inspired colonial patriotism with his ―Give me liberty or give me death‖ speech

Benjamin Franklin: Prominent member of the Continental Congress; helped frame the Declaration of Independence; helped gain French support for American independence

Phillis Wheatley: Enslaved African American who wrote poems and plays supporting American independence and who eventually gained her freedom  (Click here to learn more)

Paul Revere: Patriot who made a daring ride to warn colonists of British arrival

KEY EVENTS:

Proclaimation of 1763:  Followed the French and Indian War and restricted the westward movement of settlers.

Boston Massacre: Colonists in Boston were shot after taunting British soldiers.

Boston Tea Party: Samuel Adams and Paul Revere led patriots in throwing tea into Boston Harbor to protest tea taxes.

First Continental Congress: Delegates from all colonies except Georgia met to discuss problems with Great Britain and to promote independence.

 Battles at Lexington and Concord: The first armed conflicts of the Revolutionary War

Approval of the Declaration of Independence: The colonies declared independence from Great Britain (July 4, 1776).

Battle of Saratoga: This American victory was the turning point in the war.

Surrender at Yorktown: This was the colonial victory over forces of Lord Cornwallis that marked the end of the Revolutionary War.

Signing of the Treaty of Paris: Great Britain recognized American independence in this treaty.

 

DOCUMENTS:

Stamp Act Tea Act
Quartering Act Declatory Act
Townshend Act Declaration of Independence



CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE YOUSELF!

Click Here to play Liberty--The Road to Revolution

Click here to play For Crown or Colony

VIDEOS:

As the colonist's might have said, "It's too late to apologize!"

Not the best singing, but enjoy:

We're In A Revolution

More student revolution music video:

For testing purposes, the SOL's want you to know that many of the ideas in the Declaration of Independence came from European philosophers.  A key one is John Locke.  While beyond the SOL, here is a quick look at some of John Locke's philosophy:

Not in our SOL's but a nice music video about the Battle of Trenton:

Also not in the SOL's but of course the American Revolution was an inspiration for the later French Revolution, that did not go quite as smoothly.  Enjoy the parody video:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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