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Causes of the American Revolution

From the French and Indian War to the Boston Massacre events that lead to United States independence.
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Jeff Jentz

on 18 December 2012

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Transcript of Causes of the American Revolution

Over the years from 1763 to 1775 a number of
Acts and taxes were pushed on the Colonists
They came to be known as the Intolerable Acts The Proclamation of 1763
The Sugar Act (1764)
The Currency Act (1764)
The Quartering Act (1765)
The Stamp Act (1765)
The Declaratory Act (1766)
The Townshend Act (1767)
The Tea Act (1773)
The Quartering Act of 1774 The French and Indian War Called the French and Indian War because the British and the Colonist fought the French and their Indian Allies.
1754-1783
War was very expensive for the British
Lead to high taxes on the Colonies and Problems along the Frontier.
These taxes and other Acts were known as the Intolerable Acts. A Call to Arms that Changed the World... The Boston Massacre In March of 1770 the tensions between the British and the Colonists lead to the Boston Massacre. What did the Colonists Do? They formed Committees of Correspondence
They formed Sons of Liberty- starting in Boston but soon groups of the Sons could be found in all the 13 Colonies

The Boston Tea Party http://www.bostonteapartyship.com/boston-tea-party-history

Eventually this lead to the First Continental Congress which produced "The Declaration and Resolves of the First Continental Congress"

http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/related/decres.htm The tensions continued to rise... Colonists began to store arms and Ammunition- believing conflict would come.

Finally on April 18th, 1775 The British sent a force to find the Arms and the leaders of the Boston Patriots.

Paul Revere road ahead of the British calling "Get out your Militia" From the French and Indian War to the Intolerable Acts The Road to Revolution Student Note taking for the webbing we have already started... THE AMERICAN
REVOLUTION Enlightenment The Age of Reason
Social Contract
Natural Laws
Equal Rights Mercantilism Unfair Economic Policy
Colonies used to produce wealth for Great Britain.
Lots of wars meant high expenses for Great Britain. Colonists were not happy about the Proclamation of 1763. But the British said no! The Proclamation of 1763 said no settlements past the red line. How would making Colonist stay closer to the coast help British Mercantilism? The British and some Colonists (including George Washington) had fought in this area and thought they should be allowed to go settle here. Leading to the shot heard round the world... The beginning of America It is important to note that American Colonists had grown used to governing themselves... Starting with Jamestown 150 years before the Revolution and continuing throughout each Colony-
American's had grown used to guiding themselves. Some questions... Write the answers in groups-

Was the Boston Massacre an accurate title for what took place in March of 1770?

Why is it important to understand that American's were used to governing themselves before the "Intolerable Acts"? Why is this a cause of the Revolutionary war.

Choose an Intolerable act and create charade that explains the act.

Explain how Mercantilism lead to many of the problems that caused the Revolution. What would you have done?
http://www.pbs.org/ktca/liberty/road.html file:///Users/teacher/Downloads/20030413_wesun_09.mp3 Summary of Causes- List of Grievances:

Mercantilism
French and Indian War
Proclamation of 1763
Declaratory Act
Age of Enlightenment
Sugar Act
Stamp Act
Tea Act
Quartering Act
Currency Act
Townshend Act
Boston Massacre
Shot heard round the World/ Paul Revere
First Continental Congress- Declaration and Resolves
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