Unit 2, The American Revolution - An Overview

Enduring Vision textbook:

Chapter 5: Roads to Revolution 1750-1776
Chapter 6: Securing Independence, Defining Nationhood 1776-1788

Unit Objectives:

  • Describe the political, economic, and psychological impact of the French and Indian War on the relationships between Great Britain and its North American colonies.
  • Trace the political philosophy underlying colonial opposition to parliamentary taxation.
  • Review the gradual shift within the colonies from disagreement with English economic policies to armed rebellion.
  • Analyze the issues raised at the First and Second Continental Congresses.
  • Analyze the significance of the Declaration of Independence and its philosophical arguments for independence.
  • Review key military engagements of the American Revolution.
  • Examine the basic reasons for the eventual colonial victory in the war.
  • Identify the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and explain how the Constitution represented an improved model for the new government.

The French and Indian War in Pennsylvania
Outside the Beltway - Teaching the Federalist Papers

Land Occupation (1762-1783)
Land Occupation (1762-1783)


Enduring Vision homework assignment for Chapter 5, 121-137:

^^^^^^^These PDF files provide examples for your Chapter 6 outline.^^^^^^^^
Washing Crossing the Delaware - painting by Emmauel Leutze (1850)

2004 DBQ - in what ways did the French and Indian War (1754--63) alter the political, economic and ideological relations between Britain and its American colonies? Use the documents and knowledge between 1740-1766 in constructing a response.
-->Ten Commandments of Good Historical Writing
-->Scoring Guidelines - 2004 DBQ
-->General Information on the DBQ (more DBQ help from the College Board)

Essay Question:

ACE Practice Tests -find and complete Chapters 5 & 6

APUSH practice quizzes -locate and complete "4. The Road to Revolution" (Quizzes 1,2, & 5) and "5. The American Revolution" (Quizzes 1 & 2).

Crash Course: Tea, Taxes, and the American Revolution

King George's Response to the Olive Branch Petition ("John Adams" clip)

Learning Tools and Test Help

U.S. History-->"The Road to Revolution" and "The American Revolution"

The Currency Act -more in depth information on why the act was enacted and what it entailed.

"Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production; and the producer ought to be attended to, only so far as it may be necessary for promoting that of the consumer." -->Adam Smith, Philosopher

American Revolution Art has many classic depictions of the war including a story about the picture above (linked by clicking picture).
-->Remember OPTICS:
  • Overview - what does the image show at first glance?
  • Parts - what are the parts or individual images of the work?
  • Title and Time - what is the significance of the title and the date of the work?
  • Interrelationships - identify the interrelationships between the items in the picture.
  • Conclusion - what idea or statement is the painting trying to get across?
  • Significance - why would this be remembered today?

Colonialists attack, tar, and feather a tax collector.
Colonialists attack, tar, and feather a tax collector.

Thomas Paine Common Sense and more on the author (from Bartleby)

The War in the North is a teacher's lesson plan filled with readings and with information on the course of American Revolution
-->The American Revolution - An Interactive Map

How did the American Revolution affect the lives of white men, women, African Americans, and Native Americans? (possible answers below)
-->The Walking Purchase -blog article that depicts the mistreatment of Native Americans

Fourth of July Lessons -from EDSITEment; Protest, Revolution and Independence

Lexington and Concord -a 5-minute video about the "shot heard round the world"
Remember the Ladies
-->Abigail Adams wrote this letter to her husband John in 1776, while he was away serving as a Massachusetts delegate to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia.

LIBERTY! The Road to Revolution Revolutionary War game from PBS

The Boston Tea Party activity based upon the event
Historic Philadelphia is an interactive map in the late 18th century of the city of brotherly love.

Revolutionary War Animatedhas animated maps of every major battle of the war


-->Debate: How powerful should the national government be?
-->Major Themes at the Constitutional Convention by Dr. Gordon Lloyd of McGill University
---->Interactive John Trumbull's "Declaration of Independence".
Constitution Quiz #1
Constitution Quiz #2
Constitution Quiz #3
U.S. Constitution - matching

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