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1 George Washington Chapter 4 The War for Independence Thomas Jefferson draws on Enlightenment ideas in drafting the Declaration of Independence. The colonies defeat Great Britain in the Revolutionary War.

2 Section 1 The Stirrings of Rebellion Conflict between Great Britain and the American colonies grows over issues of taxation, representation, and liberty.

3 The Colonies Organize to Resist Britain The Stamp Act Stamp Act (1765)—required stamped paper for documents, printed items 1 SECTION Stamp Act Protests Samuel Adams helped found Sons of Liberty, secret resistance group: - harassed customs workers, stamp agents, royal governors Stamp Act Congress—colonies can’t be taxed without representation Colonial merchants boycotted British goods until Stamp Act repealed Parliament repealed Stamp Act; passed Declaratory Act same day (1766)

4 The Townshend Acts Townshend Acts (1767) levied duties on imported materials, tea Colonists enraged; Samuel Adams organized boycott Women stopped buying British luxuries; joined spinning bees; boycotted tea Customs agents seized John Hancock’s ship Liberty for unpaid taxes Colonists rioted; 2,000 British soldiers stationed in Boston The Colonies Organize to Resist Britain 1 SECTION

5 Tension Mounts in Massachusetts The Boston Massacre Soldiers competed with colonists for shipyard jobs Boston Massacre (1770)-mob threw stones, British fired, killed five 1772, colonists burned customs ship; suspects were to be tried in Britain Committees of Correspondence discussed threat to freedom, formed network 1 SECTION

6 The Boston Tea Party 1773 Tea Act lets East India Company avoided tax, undersold colonists Boston Tea Party — disguised colonists dumped 18,000 lbs. tea in harbor Tension Mounts in Massachusetts 1 SECTION

7 The Intolerable Acts King George III, British king, is angered by destruction of tea 1774, Parliament passed Intolerable Acts as response to Tea Party Acts closed Boston Harbor, quartered soldiers in empty homes, buildings General Thomas Gage put Boston under martial law (rule by military) First Continental Congress claimed colonial rights, supported protests Tension Mounts in Massachusetts 1 SECTION

8 To Concord, By the Lexington Road Civilian militia or minutemen began to stockpile firearms, 1775 Resistance leaders John Hancock, Samuel Adams hid in Lexington Fighting Erupts at Lexington and Concord 1 SECTION

9 “The Regulars Are Coming!” 700 redcoats sent to capture leaders, destroy munitions, April 1775 Paul Revere, William Dawes, Samuel Prescott warned leaders, townspeople Fighting Erupts at Lexington and Concord 1 SECTION “A Glorious Day for America” British shot minutemen in Lexington; killed eight 3,000–4,000 minutemen ambushed British in Concord, killed dozens

10 Group Work As a group, decide which American colony you would like to be. You must pretend that you are members of a committee of correspondence for your colony. As a group, discuss and draft a detailed letter of correspondence that alerts committees of correspondence in other colonies to your concerns about British threats to American liberties. Use historical details from pgs 96- 102. Must be written as a letter (Dear, Sincerely), at least a page long.

11 Group Work As a group, pick one of the British Acts from the tops of pages 100 and 101 to protest. To protest the act, you must choose one of the 3 following activities: –Draw a poster or cartoon –Create a slogan or jingle –Create a script for a commercial

12 Section 2 Ideas Help Start a Revolution Tensions increase throughout the colonies until the Continental Congress declares independence on July 4, 1776.

13 The Colonies Hover Between Peace and War The Second Continental Congress Second Continental Congress met May-June 1775 in Philadelphia: - debated independence - recognized militiamen as Continental Army - appointed George Washington commander - printed paper money to pay troops 2 SECTION

14 The Battle of Bunker Hill British troops attacked militia north of Boston, June 1775 Costly British win: 450 colonist and over 1,000 British casualties 2 SECTION The Colonies Hover Between Peace and War

15 The Olive Branch Petition July, Congress sent Olive Branch Petition to restore “harmony” George III rejected petition, ordered naval blockade 2 SECTION The Colonies Hover Between Peace and War

16 “Common Sense” Thomas Paine’s pamphlet Common Sense attacked king Argued independence would allow free trade and foreign aid Independence could give equal social, economic opportunities to all Almost 500,000 copies of pamphlet sold; convinced many colonists The Patriots Declare Independence 2 SECTION

17 Declaring Independence Congress urged each colony to form own government Congress appointed committee to prepare formal declaration Virginia lawyer Thomas Jefferson was chosen to write it Declaration of Independence-formal statement of separation 2 SECTION The Patriots Declare Independence

18 Declaring Independence Declaration, based on John Locke’s ideas, listed complaints, rights: - people have natural rights to life, liberty, property - people consent to obey a government that protects rights - people can resist or overthrow government “All men are created equal” means free citizens are political equals July 4, 1776 delegates adopt declaration 2 SECTION The Patriots Declare Independence *The 2nd CC voted unanimously for independence 7/2 and the declaration was adopted 7/4*

19 Loyalists and Patriots Loyalists-opposed independence, loyal to Crown for different reasons: - worked in government, unaware of events, trusted crown to protect rights Patriots, almost half of population, supported independence: - thought independence would mean economic opportunity Americans Choose Sides Taking Sides Groups divided: Quakers, African Americans on both sides Native Americans support British; colonists threaten their lands 2 SECTION

20 Timeline Read Ch 4 Section 2 (pgs 103-108) and create a timeline of historical events You should begin with the Second Continental Congress and end with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Include dates and details

21 Section 3 Struggling Toward Saratoga After a series of setbacks, American forces win at Saratoga and survive.

22 The War Moves to the Middle States Defeat in New York British decided to stop rebellion by isolating New England 32,000 British soldiers and Hessians took New York, summer 1776 Many of Washington’s recruits killed; retreated to Pennsylvania 3 SECTION The Battle of Trenton Christmas 1776, Washington crossed Delaware River into New Jersey Washington surprised Hessian garrison, won Battle of Trenton Eight days later, Americans won Battle of Princeton against British

23 The Fight for Philadelphia Gen. William Howe beat Washington at Brandywine, PA, summer 1777 Howe took U.S. capital, Philadelphia; Continental Congress fled Victory at Saratoga Gen. John Burgoyne led British, allies south from Canada Burgoyne lost repeatedly to Continental Army, militia Surrounded at Saratoga, Burgoyne surrendered to Gen. Horatio Gates 3 SECTION

24 A Turning Point Since 1776, French secretly sent weapons to Americans French recognized American independence, signed treaty, Feb 1778 France agreed no peace until Britain recognized U.S. independence Winter at Valley Forge Valley Forge - site of Continental Army’s winter camp (1777–1778) Of 10,000 soldiers, more than 2,000 die of cold and hunger 3 SECTION

25 Colonial Life During the Revolution Financing the War To get money, Congress sold bonds to investors, foreign governments Printed paper money (Continentals), caused inflation (rising prices) Few U.S. munitions factories; ran arms through naval blockade Some officials engaged in profiteering (sell scarce goods for profit ) Robert Morris, Haym Salomon used own credit to raise money, pay army 3 SECTION

26 Civilians at War While husbands fought, women managed homes, businesses Many women went with troops to wash, cook, mend; some fought Thousands of African-American slaves escaped to cities, frontier About 5,000 African Americans served in Continental Army Most Native Americans stayed out of the conflict 3 SECTION Colonial Life During the Revolution

27 Reporting on the Revolution On your own, choose one battle from pages 113-117 and create a front page headline and newspaper article. Your front page must have a creative headline and include at least one of the following: –Straight news –Interviews –Background pieces –Features on soldiers or civilians affected by the war. Make sure you know your audience. Are you writing to Loyalists, Patriots, people overseas?

28 Section 4 Winning the War Strategic victories in the South and at Yorktown enable the Americans to defeat the British.

29 Allies Shift the Balance Training the Continental Army 1778, Prussian captain Friedrich von Steuben went to Valley Forge Trained colonists in fighting skills, field maneuvers of regular army; “make regulars…out of country bumpkins” 4 SECTION Lafayette and the French Marquis de Lafayette—aristocrat, joined Washington at Valley Forge Lobbied for French troops, 1779; led command in last years of war

30 Allies Shift the Balance 4 SECTION Thaddeus Kosciuszko: planned the defense for Saratoga. The Battle of Saratoga became known as one of military history's most famous struggles for independence and proved to be a turning point in the war. Casimir Pulaski: was named the "Father of the American Cavalry", and remains one of the well known figures of the American Revolutionary War.

31 The British Move South 4 SECTION

32 Early British Success in the South 1778, British took Savannah; royal governor reinstated in Georgia British armies captured Charles Town, 1780 - greatest victory of war British commander Charles Cornwallis smashed through South Carolina African Americans escaped Patriot owners, joined British to win freedom The British Move South British Losses in 1781 1781, Cornwallis fought Daniel Morgan and Nathaniel Greene in Carolinas (Camden, Cowpens, King’s Mountain, Guilford Courthouse) Weakened, Cornwallis got reinforcements; camped at Yorktown 4 SECTION

33 Victory at Yorktown French army landed in Newport, Rhode Island in 1780 Lafayette’s plan: French, Americans would attack British at Yorktown French navy defeated British, blockaded Chesapeake Bay American, French siege Yorktown, shelled British for three weeks Cornwallis surrendered October 1781 The British Surrender at Yorktown 4 SECTION

34 Seeking Peace 1782 peace talks included United States, Britain, France, Spain American negotiators: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Jay Treaty of Paris signed September 1783: - confirmed U.S. independence - set boundaries for the US - ignored Native American rights - promised repayment of debts - no date was set for British evacuation of forts in U.S. 4 SECTION The British Surrender at Yorktown

35 The War Becomes a Symbol of Liberty The Impact on American Society War stimulated egalitarianism - belief in equality of all people Equality for white men; women do not gain legal or political rights African Americans still enslaved; those free faced discrimination Planters in upper South debated morality of slavery; some freed slaves Native Americans continued to be forced off their lands by settlers The Challenge of Creating a Government U.S. attempted to create government by the people, not by a king 4 SECTION

36 Debating the Revolutionary War “There never was a good war or a bad peace.” -Benjamin Franklin Write down this quote and what it means to you. After I’ve assigned you a side, you must argue in support of the war, or argue against the war using evidence from the text (pgs. 119-123). Consider the political, economic, and social gains and loses experience by your side.


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