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Revolutionary War Alphabet Project

By Kendall Blake and Abby Downard
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on 10 December 2012

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Revolutionary War A-Z Project By Kendall Blake and Abby Downard Mr. Douglass's B2 Social Studies 8 Class A A is for allies. Nations that work with another nation to achieve a common goal. A main example would be France and the US. B B is for blockade. Blockading is shutting of a port to keep people or supplies from moving in or out. This was a strategy used during the Revolutionary War. C C is for Common Sense. This was written by Thomas Paine in the January of 1776. It is an essay that urged the colonies to declare independence from Britain. D D is for Declaration of Independence. Written in 1776, this document stated that the 13 English colonies were a free and independent nation. It stated clearly that the United Stated of America were done with Britain. E E is for Edward Rutledge. He was from South Carolina. And he was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. F F is for Foreign Help. Help from other nations was a crucial part to the Americans' cause. Without the French, the Americans would have not been able to win the Battle of Yorktown. G G is for the Green Mountain Boys. This was a group of colonial militia led by Ethan Allen, which made a surprise attack of Fort Ticonderoga. This victory gave Americans control of the key route into Canada. H H is for Henry Clinton. He was a British commander-in-chief Thought that many loyalists lived in the southern back country. So, he hoped that if British troops marched through the South, Loyalists would join them. Unfortunately for him, this was not what happened. I J K L M I is for Import. Imports are trade products brought into a country. The colonies did not except imports from Britain. J is for John Hancock. He was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence. He is most famous for signing the document in very large font. K is for Thaddeus Kosciusko. He was a polish officer that joined the Americans. He was an engineer who helped build forts and other defenses. L is for loyalists. These were American colonists who remained loyal to Britain. They mainly lived in the South during the duration of the war. M is for money. During the war, both Britain and America lost a lot of money. This is what made America realize taxes may be necessary. N N is for natural rights. This was a section of the Declaration of Independence that was made up of rights that the Continental Congress thought a person should have a right to from the point of birth. This was also a very powerful section that the congress believed in to the end. O O is for oceans. The oceans, for the most part, were ruled by the British. This doomed many American battleships, but every once in a while, an American won a battle or two. The most successful tale though, was the David and Goliath story of the Richard and the British Serapis. P P is for preamble. This was the introduction to the whole Declaration of Independence. There were three main parts after that, but the preamble was the whole opening paragraph to the reason why they had had enough of Britain and were ready to be a new nation. Q Q is for Marquis de Lafayette. He was a young French lad who sponsored the Americans. He brought well trained soldiers to fight for the Patriots. Lafayette also became one of Washington’s best friends. R S T U V W X Y Z R is for representation. This was what the colonists wanted over in Britain. They cried, “NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION!” That was the spark that set the fire of the Revolutionary War. S is for Saratoga. The Battle of Saratoga is also known as the biggest turning point in the war. The Americans defeated the British by forcing them to surrender. This victory also convinced the French who to be an ally with; the Americans. T is for Trenton. Trenton was where the Americans needed a victory. They needed something to get them roused up about. So the army attacked the Hessians with little fight. This victory gave to new hope to the Americans. U is for Under British Rule NO MORE!! When the Americans won the war, they signed a treaty with the British, the Treaty of Paris, to declare them as a new nation and to be recognized as the United States of America, and not under British rule. After the Revolutionary War, Britain and the world were all befuddled at the victory of the tiny colonies over the powerful British. V is for Valley Forge. Valley Forge was the makeshift camp that was necessary to survive the cold winter. The conditions were awful and all they had were blankets to keep them warm. When the Patriots heard of the struggle they collected, food, medicine, and ammunition. This helped Valley Forge be somewhat bearable for the army. W is for Washington. George Washington was a young general whose first battle ended in a retreat, but Washington learned from his mistakes. Young George became the first general of the Continental Army. Later, Washington also became the first president of the United States of America. X is for Louis XVI. This French king was persuaded by Benjamin Franklin to aid America in battling the British. King Louis XVI was eventually persuaded to help the Americans. His aid eventually helped the new nation defeat the British. Y is for Yorktown. This was won over by the Americans. They pinned the British back into a peninsula so that they could not move. The British thought they had a good strategy but it proved to be an utter fail when the British surrendered. Z is for zigzagging through the swamp. This is was what the Americans forced the British to do on their travels to Albany. They Patriots cut down trees to block paths and even push rocks to force the British into gross swamps and nests of mosquitos.
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