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1 THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION OR WAR FOR INDEPENDENCE VS 13 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA GREAT BRITAIN 1

2 Steps to the American Revolution: REVOLUTION 13. Colonists react 12. Battle of Bunker Hill nd Continental Congress 10. Lexington and Concord 9. American colonists take action 8. British Parliament passes Intolerable Acts 7. Boston Tea Party 6. British Parliament passes Tea Act 5. Boston Massacre 4. British Parliament passes Townshend Acts 3. American colonists take action 2. British Parliament passes new laws 1. French and Indian War 2

3 1. FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR: ( ) -Fought between the English and French over control of the land in North America. -The English wanted to push west, but the French blocked them. The war started over land disputes between the two nations. -Each side used Native Americans to help fight the war. -The Albany Congress: At the beginning of the war, the English colonies sent delegates to a meeting held in Albany, New York. -Iroquois Indians were also present. -Ben Franklin proposed a plan for unifying the English colonies. 3

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5 -The Albany Plan of Union: Under this plan, each colonial legislature would elect delegates to an American continental assembly presided over by a royal governor. -The plan was not approved by the English Parliament: they feared the new assembly would be to powerful for Parliament to control. -A political cartoon was created in the colonies to show support for this plan. The snake represented the colonies. On their own, they were weak and could be defeated. Together, they would be strong. 5

6 -England wins the war. -French lose colonies in North America. -War was very expensive for the English. The British Parliament wants American colonists to help pay for cost of war. North America: 1750 North America: 1765 This map shows both the French and English lands in North America. This map shows the English colonies and new land taken from the French in North America. 6

7 2. BRITISH PARLIAMENT PASSES NEW LAWS: -Parliament passes taxes to control the colonies and raise money to pay for the war. A. Proclamation Act of 1763: Forbade settlers from moving west across the Appalachian Mountains and into Indian territory. 10,000 soldiers sent to colonies to enforce law. Colonists angry with so many soldiers being sent to control them. British cannot afford another war. Many colonists ignore the law and move into new lands. 7

8 B. Sugar Act (1764): England places a tax on sugar, coffee, indigo, and molasses. Sugar Cane used to make sugar. Sugar used to make molasses. Molasses used to make rum. Rum was one of the most popular and common drinks in the colonies. Coffee 8

9 Currency Act (1764): England passes a law requiring all colonists to pay debts using gold or silver. Colonists become angry over this. C. Stamp Act (1765): -England places a tax on all legal documents: bills of sale, contracts, wills, newspapers, cards. -Americans are angry with tax: Say the tax is unfair: No Taxation Without Representation. -Americans begin to organize and protest the taxes. 9

10 3. AMERICAN COLONISTS TAKE ACTION: A. No Taxation Without Representation -Colonists very angry over new taxes and laws. Colonists felt that Parliamant and the king did not have the right to tax the colonists without colonial representation in Parliament. How it worked: 1. All taxes and laws are made by the King of England and Parliament. 2. Only people living in England may elect members to Parliament. 3. If Americans cannot elect members to Parliament, then they have no representation there. 4. These Americans say the taxes are unfair and refuse to pay them. They say that they have the same rights as Englishmen and want representation. 10

11 B. Stamp Act Congress (1765): -9 colonies sent delegates to NY to discuss Stamp Act. -Wrote a petition and sent to British government. -Stated that Parliament did not have the right to tax colonies, only the colonial assemblies had the right. 11

12 C. Sons of Liberty (1765): -Some colonists were not happy with a formal protest. They wanted more direct action. -Sam Adams helped to create the Sons of Liberty to take a more active role against England -Most effective protest was boycotting or refusing to buy English goods. -Sometimes they used violence such as burning a tax collectors home or tarring and feathering. Sam Adams BOYCOTT: To not buy products from a business as a way of getting what you want. Tarring and feathering a tax collector. Burning down the house of a tax collector. 12

13 4. British Parliament Passes Townshend Acts (1767): A. Navigation Acts enforced. This included the use of Writs of Assistance which gave British officials ability to search homes and boats for smuggled goods. B. Taxes: Taxes on glass, lead, paper, paint, and tea. 13

14 5. Boston Massacre: March 5, Started as a protest against British government by colonists. -Colonists threw snowballs at soldiers and taunted them by calling them names. -Soldiers fired on crowd killing 5 colonists. Someone from the crowed yelled fire. -Paul Revere, member of the Sons of Liberty, wrote about the event and called it the Boston Massacre. 14

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16 6. Tea Act (1773): -British Parliament passes law which lowers the price of tea, but still leaves the tax on the tea. -Colonists see law as a way of hurting American merchants. -In several cities, the Sons of Liberty did things to protest this law. In Boston, the Sons of Liberty held the Boston Tea Party. 7. Boston Tea Party (1773): -Sons of Liberty, dressed as Mohawk Indians, boarded ships in Boston Harbor. They dumped crates of tea into harbor as a protest against Tea Act. 16

17 8. Intolerable Acts (1774): British Parliament passes laws as a way of punishing the colonies for the Boston Tea Party and other acts of the Sons of Liberty. -Closed port of Boston -Quartering Act: Law requiring colonists to provide food and housing for British soldiers. -British troops sent to colonies to enforce laws. British soldiers: Quartering Act: Colonist being ordered to provide housing, food, candles, bedding for soldiers. 17

18 9. American Colonists Take Action: Colonists viewed the new laws as an attack on their right to self-government. Took steps to organize their protests. A. Committees of Correspondence: Groups created in every colony in order to spread information about the British. 18

19 B. First Continental Congress (1774): Representatives from colonies meet in Philadelphia to discuss their rights. -Send petition to King to try to restore peace. -Asked King to repeal the Intolerable Acts. -Said they had the right to make colonial laws. -Threatened to halt exports to Britain -Organized a boycott of British goods. -Parliament responded by adding new taxes to the colonies. -Colonies form militias to prepare for war. Minutemen created to respond in case of attack. 19

20 Minutemen: -Nickname for colonial militia or citizen soldiers. -They supplied their own weapons and had little military training. -Ready to defend their families and homes. 20

21 10. Lexington and Concord (1775): -Patriots had stored arms and ammunition in Concord. -British wanted to capture arms and ammunition. Also, wanted to capture 2 patriot leaders: Sam Adams and John Hancock.[ -British march out of Boston on April 18, Patriots ride to warn the countryside of British. -Lexington: Minutemen confront British. Exchange fire: 18 Minutemen killed or wounded. -British march to Concord: Destroyed supplies. Exchange fire. -British march back to Boston: Minutemen fire on British all the way back British killed, wounded, or missing. -Americans surround Boston. 21

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23 11. Second Continental Congress (1775): Representatives from the colonies met in Philadelphia to discuss plans. A. Olive Branch Petition (1775): Sent petition to King George III asking to restore peace. King refuses petition. B. Continental Army (1775): Created an army to prepare for war under the command of George Washington. 23

24 12. Battle of Bunker Hill (1775): -American army surrounded Boston after Lexington and Concord. -British army attacks rebels to drive them back. Beaten back twice. Rebels run out of ammunition. Forced to retreat when British attack a 3rd time British start battle killed or wounded. -British forced to abandon Boston. They sail out of Boston. 24

25 13. American Colonists Take Action: A. Thomas Paine writes Common Sense (1776): -Argues for American independence. Most Americans read this book and agree with him. B. Declaration of Independence (1776): Written by Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Ben Franklin, and several others. Issued by the Second Continental Congress in July Declared our independence and created the United States of America. -Purpose: Break ties with England and create United States of America. -Purpose of Gov t: Protect the rights, liberties of the people. -Power comes from the people. Indians. -Ideas did not apply to women, slaves, or 25

26 We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government 26

27 The American (Continental, Patriot) Army: In the beginning, the Continental Army was made up of farmers, frontiersmen, and townspeople who left their homes to fight the British. Many believed the war would be short. -At first, they had to provide their own weapons, ammunition, and uniforms. -Over time, they would be formed into regular units with uniforms and proper equipment. 27

28 Reasons why the American colonists believed that they would win the war. Reasons why most people believed that England would win the war. ADVANTAGES: 1. They were fighting for their homes, families, lives, and freedom. 2. George Washington 3. They were fighting on their home ground. 4. Ben Franklin got the French to help them. 5. Many of the English generals were afraid to make mistakes. 6. The English people would get tired of a long war. DISADVANTAGES: 1. Poorly trained army and no navy. 2. No money to fight a war. 3. Weak, inexperienced gov t. 4. 2/3 of population were either Tories or didn t care. 5. Professional English army, Hessians, and Indians against them. 6.Poor equipment and lack of food. 7. Soldiers could leave at will. 28

29 Reasons why England believed it would win its war with America. Reasons why England might not win the war. ADVANTAGES: 1. Professional army and navy. 2. Factories to make war materials. 3. $ to feed and supply an army. 4. A government to make decisions. 5. 1/3 of the American population were Tories. 1/3 of the American population were neutral or didn t care. 6. Hessians and Indians on British side. 7. Americans were poorly supplied and trained. DISADVANTAGES: 1. England had a 3000 mile supply line. 2. English soldiers were fighting because they were told to fight. 3. America is a large piece of land and not easy to control or conquer. 4. Many of the English generals were afraid to make mistakes. 29

30 The Battle of Saratoga: 1. The British planned a 3 pronged attack to capture the Hudson River Valley and cut off New England from the rest of the colonies. -Gen. Burgoyne would march south from Canada to take Albany. -Gen. St. Leger would march east from the Great Lakes to Albany. -Gen. Howe would march north from NYC to Albany. 2. St. Leger was defeated at Battle of Oriskany. Howe never moved north. 3. Burgoyne was on his own and met an American army at Saratoga. 30

31 THE BATTLE OF SARATOGA IS OFTEN CALLED A TURNING POINT OF THE WAR. THE AMERICAN VICTORY CAUSED THE FRENCH TO BEGIN TO SEND AID TO THE AMERICANS. Gen. Burgoyne surrendered to the Americans with about 7,000 soldiers. Ben Franklin, living in France, was able to convince the French to help the Americans due to this victory. 31

32 The Battle of Yorktown: The American and French armies defeated the British at the Battle of Yorktown. General Cornwallis surrendered to the Americans. This marked the end of the war. 32

33 BRITISH ACTION: AMERICAN REACTION: FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR REFUSAL TO PAY SHARE OF WAR PROCLAMATION OF 1763 DISOBEY THE LAW STAMP ACT PROTEST STAMP ACT SONS OF LIBERTY BOYCOTTING ENGLISH GOODS NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION QUARTERING ACT TEA TAX BOSTON MASSACRE BOSTON TEA PARTY INTOLERABLE ACTS MINUTEMEN LEXINGTON CONCORD AMERICAN REVOLUTION BUNKER HILL 33

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