Colonial and Revolutionary America

  • Stamp Act
  • Townshend Acts
  • Boston Massacre
  • Tea Act
  • Boston Tea Party
  • Coercive/Intolerable Acts
  • Lexington & Concord
  • Bunker Hill/Breed’s Hill
  • Continental Association
  • Committees of Observation/Inquiry/Safety
  • Summary View of the Rights of British America
  • Declaration of Independence
  • Horatio Gates
  • John Burgoyne
  • William Howe
  • Sir Henry Clinton
  • Saratoga
  • Camden
  • Banastre Tarleton
  • Nathaniel Green
  • Yorktown
  • Charles Gravier, Comte de Vergennes
  • Francois Joseph Paul, Comte de Grasse
  • Jean Baptiste de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau
  • Charles Cornwallis
  • Lemuel Haynes

In what ways did the American colonists protest the taxes imposed by British authorities? Were these protests effective? Why?

What were the major disagreements between the American colonists and British authorities? What was it about these disagreements that made it difficult to reconcile their differences?

Although the Tea Act cut the tax levied on tea, Americans still protested the law, most famously by throwing 342 chests of tea into Boston harbor. Why did Americans oppose the law?

In what ways was George Washington particularly well suited to leading Continental forces?

How did British leaders understand the dynamics of and support for the rebellion? How did this affect their strategic and tactical choices?

What were the strengths and weaknesses underpinning the Patriot cause? What advantages and disadvantages did the British have in suppressing the rebellion?

What was the background of most men who served in the Continental Army? How did American military traditions affect the organization and operation of Continental forces?

How did the Revolution affect the circumstances of black Americans?

How did the Revolution affect the circumstances of women in America?

What were some of the characteristics of the governments the American states and Congress created during the Revolution? How did these characteristics reflect the ideas formed during the Imperial crisis of 1763-1775?

In what ways does the Revolution resemble a civil war? Do you consider the American Revolution a real revolution? Why or why not?

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