The Rebellious Colonists and the Causes of the American Revolution (SR copy) - The 13 American Colonies had many reasons to begin the Revolutionary War. Read more about the conflict between the colonists and Great Britain and the events that led up to the American Revolution.
Heroes of the American Revolution (SR copy) - George Washington, Paul Revere, and Thomas Jefferson are remembered as heroes of the American Revolution, but they were only a few of many men and women who risked their lives for independence. Read more about the heroes, both American and European, who were key to the colonists’ success in the American Revolution. - 28 minutes long.
Great Women of the American Revolution (SR copy) - Both women and men fought and played important parts in the American Revolution. Get to know these heroic women and their importance to the colonists' victory during the Revolutionary War.
The Biggest Battles of the Revolutionary War (SR copy) - On April 18, 1775, the “shot heard ‘round the world” was fired. The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first of many battles between the 13 colonies and Great Britain. Read more about the key battles that shaped the American Revolution.
The U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and a New Nation (SR copy) - On October 19, 1781, British forces laid down their arms in Yorktown, Virginia. Despite the British surrender, the American struggle to form a new nation was far from finished. Read more about what happened when the fighting ended and the real work began.
Gingerbread for Liberty! : How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution (SR copy) - A German immigrant baker in the American colony helps the American revolution by cooking for George Washington's troops and convincing a group of German speaking troops to support the revolutionaries.
The Creation of the U.S. Constitution (SR copy) - This graphic novel tells the story of the debates, disagreements, and compromises that led to the writing of the U.S. Constitution during the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
Why We Fought: Battles of the Revolutionary War - Examines famous battles of the Revolutionary War.
The Battle for a New Nation: Causes and Effects of the Revolutionary War - Explores the causes and effects of the Revolutionary War and how it began and its immediate and lasting effects.
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The Revolutionary War Begins Paul Revere's Ride (April 18, 1775) - The Revolutionary War starts and Paul Revere makes his famous ride to warn the colonists that the "British are coming".
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Battle of Lexington and Concord (April 19, 1775) - The actual fighting starts with the first "shot heard around the world". The Americans win as the British retreat.
Capture of Fort Ticonderoga (May 10, 1775) - The Green Mountain Boys led by Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold capture Fort Ticonderoga from the British.
Battle of Bunker Hill (June 16, 1775) - Major battle where William Prescott told the American troops "don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes".
Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull The Declaration of Independence is Adopted (July 4, 1776) - The Continental Congress agrees to Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence.
George Washington Crosses the Delaware (Dec. 25, 1776) - George Washington and his troops cross the Delaware River on Christmas night and surprise the enemy.
America Chooses a Flag (June 14, 1777) - The Continental Congress adopts the "Stars and Stripes" Flag sewn by Betsy Ross.
Battles of Saratoga (September 19 - October 17, 1777) - British General John Burgoyne surrenders his army to the Americans after suffering defeat at the Battles of Saratoga.
Valley Forge (Winter of 1777-1778) - The Continental army under George Washington spends the winter training at Valley Forge.
Alliance with France (Feb. 16, 1778) - France recognized the United States as an independent country with the Treaty of Alliance.
Articles of Confederation (March 2, 1781) - Defined the official government of the United States.
Battle of Yorktown (Oct. 19, 1781) - The last major battle of the American Revolutionary War. British
General Cornwallis' surrender at Yorktown was the unofficial end to the war.
Treaty of Paris (Sept. 3, 1783) - Treaty that officially ended the war.
Events that led up to the war: (These links are from Ducksters. Do not click on ads)
The Stamp Act (March 22, 1765) - Britain sets a tax that requires a stamp on all public documents like newspapers or legal documents. The colonists did not like having this tax placed on them. This led to unrest in the colonies and the Stamp Act Congress (October 1765).
The Boston Massacre (March 5, 1770 - 5 Boston colonists are shot by British troops.
The Destruction of Tea at Boston Harbor by Sarony & Major The Boston Tea Party (Dec. 16, 1773) - Angry with a new tax on tea, some Boston colonists calling themselves the Sons of Liberty board British ships and dump crates of tea into the Boston Harbor.
The First Continental Congress Meets (Sept. 1774) - Representatives from the colonies get together to unite and oppose British taxes. Paul Revere's Midnight Ride Source: National Archives and Records Administration.