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The American Revolution

Week #2 Presentation HIS -115

Richard DeVries

on 11 January 2012

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Transcript of The American Revolution

The American Revolution
Declaration & Resolutions
Common Sense
Declaration of Independence
Governing the Colonies
The Road to Revolution
Worsening Relations
Lexington & Concord
America Wins the War
1700 – 1763, American Colonies expanded rapidly,
Each colony had its own elected assembly and a governor appointed by England,
Britain controlled and regulated trade.
Navigation Acts – reflected mercantilist ideas, shipping goods only to Britain.
Both England and the Colonies profited from these arrangements but some were unhappy, many laws were ignored and smuggling was rampant.
1763 – Seven Year’s War ended, the King passed laws to help pay for the war and to provide continued protection for the colonies.
The Stamp Act – taxed a variety of goods, and caused an angry reaction.
No taxation without representation was the cry of the delegates that met to protest it.
Riots and Boycotts followed the British attempts to enforce the new laws.
1765-1775, relations worsened b/w Britain and the Colonies as new taxes were added
1770 – “Boston Massacre” – five protestors were killed.
1773 – Boston Tea Party was held, which outraged the British government
1774 – passed the “Intolerable Acts” (Coercive Acts) to punish the rebelling colonists
Quebec Act – which contained the colonies from moving westward
All the colonies except Georgia met in Philadelphia, in Sept. 1774 at the First Continental Congress.
April 1775 – British troops on their way to Concord were met by armed colonists and the American Revolution began.
Treaty of Paris
France Enters the War - 1778
At first Washington suffered defeats but he learned quickly
Washington won important victories at: Trenton, Princeton, Saratoga, and finally Yorktown.
France aided the Americans outright after Saratoga
1781- captured Yorktown and although George III wanted to continue, Parliament forced them out of the war
Boston Tea Party
Battle of Yorktown
Seven Year's War Ends
Boston Massacre
Intolerable Acts
Battle of Bunker Hill
Battle of Ticonderoga
Washington Takes Command
Assigned Readings:
Primary Source Documents
What rights are demanded?
What action is taken?
What is it the beginning of?
Who wrote it?
What did he think was unreasonable?
Who read it?
What impact did it have?
Who wrote it?
What is role of Gov't?
Where does Gov't get it's power?
What grievances are stated?
What action taken?
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