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           Description: American Revolution 7

Sampler
American Revolution
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                       sampler 3’-44”   (88’ lecture)     
  
What is the turning point in the relations
between the American Colonies and the mother
 country which leads to the American Revolution?

                                   
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To serve England.  13 American colonies founded to serve England.
 

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Period of neglect.  100 year period of neglect by England, factors & results.
 

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Turning point.  What was the turning point leading to the American Revolution.
 

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Stamp Act irony.  Irony of the 1765 Stamp Act crisis and American resistance.
 

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Myths.  Myths of the Boston Massacre and Boston Tea Party.
 

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Road to revolution.  How 1775 Battle of Lexington leads to Declaration of Independence.
 

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Lost opportunity.  Declaration of Independence. concepts, lost golden opportunity to abolish slavery.
 

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A class society.  American colonies as a class society, and role of European Enlightenment.
 

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Mixed support.  The Colonies’ mixed support for revolution which was a violent revolution.
 

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The guerilla war.  The American Revolution as a guerilla war.

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Class in the army.  The Role of class in the Colonial army.
 

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Women’s roles.  The many roles of women in the American Revolution.
 

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Slaves support.  Why the slaves were mainly pro-English.
 

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Native American support.  Why the Native Americans were pro-English.
 

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France’s help.  English response and justifications for the revolution; Ben Franklin’s role in enlisting France’s help for the Americans.
 

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Battle of Saratoga.  The irony of the American victory at Battle of Saratoga, the French role.
 

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English support.  Changing English support, low English troop morale, brutality of Hessian mercenaries.
 

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Result of peace treaty.  English defeat at Yorktown.  Result of peace treaty is great increase of American territory.
 

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Early government formula.  Articles of Confederation reflects increased power of lower classes.  Problems with strong state powers and weak federal  government.
 

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International impact.  Gains of American women, international impact: “Shot heard around world.”
 

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Effect on American history.  1787 Constitution replaces Articles of Confederation, returns power to upper class merchants and planters, reflects founding fathers’ negative view of human nature.  Bill of Rights for individual rights created later.  Why the American Revolution is the cornerstone of subsequent American history.