21. What are the subjects of this portrait. Where is it set 1. What are the subjects of this portrait? Where is it set? (Answer: Portrait features General George Washington at the time he was the commander of the Continental army in 1780, a black slave man who was probably his valet and companion William Lee, and one of Washington’s horses. The setting is a military one. Washington and Lee are outside a tent; below the bluff on the riverbank is a larger American military encampment.)2. What meaning do you think the artist intended for all of the paper documents depicted in the portrait—those on the ground and those in Washington’s hand? (Answer: The papers on the ground are British orders and proclamations. These have clearly been discarded and walked over by Washington, symbolizing the Americans’ rejection of British authority. The papers Washington holds are American—the Declaration of Independence and others—and his display of them symbolizes their importance for the American cause.)3. This portrait was created by a French artist. Why do you suppose he might have created it? (Answer: The artist portrays Washington as a heroic figure. His demeanor and the order of the American military scene are intended to show the nobility of the American cause. Since the French were important American allies during the American Revolution, it is not surprising that a French artist would present Washington in this way.)
3I. The Trials of War, 1776–1778A. War in the North 1. Fighting begins 2. Early American retreatI. The Trials of War, 1776–1778A. War in the North1. Fighting begins – Europeans believed British would easily defeat the rebellion; British were militarily strong, while Americans were economically and militarily weak; the Continental army (led by Washington) consisted of 18,000 poorly trained and inexperienced recruits.2. Early American retreat – Americans retreated as the British worked to capture New York City; Washington’s men had several small victories during the winter months, as the British halted their campaign in the cold weather.
6I. The Trials of War, 1776–1778B. Armies and Strategies 1. Continental soldiersI. The Trials of War, 1776–1778B. Armies and Strategies1. Continental soldiers – Congress had promised Washington 75,000 men, but the Continental army never reached even a third of that number; was difficult to bring recruits into the military; most were poor, and some were foreign born; all were inexperienced; recruits resented the contempt their officers had for the “camp followers” (women who made do with the meager supplies provided to feed and care for the troops).6
7I. The Trials of War, 1776–1778C. Victory at Saratoga 1. Problems for the BritishI. The Trials of War, 1776–1778C. Victory at Saratoga1. Problems for the British – In 1777, British attempted to isolate New England but not all generals agreed with military plans; Howe took Philadelphia but Continental Congress fled; British led by Burgoyne were trapped near Saratoga, New York, and forced to surrender. Continental army captured more than 5,000 British troops; Americans in Paris created a military alliance with the French.
8I. The Trials of War, 1776–1778D. The Perils of War 1. Wartime difficultiesI. The Trials of War, 1776–1778D. The Perils of War1. Wartime difficulties – Urban populations in the North fled to the countryside; farmers and artisans adapted to a wartime economy. With goods now scarce, government needed supplies for the military; women were critical in supplying materials to the war effort. British and American soldiers harassed and raped women and girls; families were forced to flee their homes for soldiers’ use.
9I. The Trials of War, 1776–1778E. Financial Crisis 1. State governments 2. Continental CongressI. The Trials of War, 1776–1778E. Financial Crisis1. State governments – States were afraid to increase taxes; bonds were used to secure gold or silver; states issued too much paper money.2. Continental Congress – National finances also collapsed because government had no authority to impose taxes; Patriots feared further rebellion as families suffered economic devastation.
10I. The Trials of War, 1776–1778F. Valley Forge 1. General Washington’s retreatI. The Trials of War, 1776–1778F. Valley Forge1. General Washington’s retreat – During the winter of 1777, Washington’s army retreated to Valley Forge, where 12,000 soldiers plus hundreds of camp followers suffered horribly; conditions were terrible—cold weather, lack of food, fatigue. Nearby farmers refused to give food or shelter to the soldiers as some were pacifists, Quakers and Germans unwilling to support either side. By spring, 3,000 had died, 1,000 had deserted; Baron von Steuben (former Prussian military officer) trained those men who remained.
11II. The Path to Victory, 1778–1783A. The French Alliance 1. Support for the Patriots 2. British concernsII. The Path to Victory, 1778–1783A. The French Alliance1. Support for the Patriots – 1778 alliance with France provided money, supplies, and troops; created an international war; French wanted to avenge the loss of Canada; the Treaty of Alliance stated neither side would sign a treaty to end the war without the “liberty, sovereignty, and independence” of the U.S.; in return, the Continental Congress agreed to recognize any French conquests in the West Indies.2. British concerns – British government was increasingly concerned that war would spread to Ireland and West Indies; in February 1778, Lord North persuaded Parliament to repeal of the Tea and Prohibitory Acts and renounced its power to tax the colonies; however, rebellion continued.
12II. The Path to Victory, 1778–1783B. War in the South 1. Britain’s Southern Strategy 2. Slave combatants: the “triangular war” 3. Guerrilla Warfare in the CarolinasII. The Path to Victory, 1778–1783B. War in the South1. Britain’s Southern Strategy – In 1779, Spain joined the war on the Patriots’ side. The British government revised its strategy to defend their colonies in the West Indies; Sir Henry Clinton launched a seaborne attack against Savannah, GA; hoped to continue onward to South Carolina.2. Slave combatants: the “triangular war” – Large number of slaves in the South made the Revolution a “triangular war”; Britain actively recruited slaves to its cause with the Philipsburg Proclamation, which declared that any slave who deserted a rebel master would receive protection, freedom, and land from Great Britain; some 30,000 African slaves took refuge behind British lines; 5,000 African Americans (slave and free) fought for the Patriots.3. Guerrilla Warfare in the Carolinas – Patriots used local militiamen against British forces; defeated Loyalists in region and took about one thousand prisoners; Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown in October 1781.
15II. The Path to Victory, 1778–1783C. The Patriot Advantage 1. British mistakesII. The Path to Victory, 1778–1783C. The Patriot Advantage1. British mistakes – Parliamentarians debated what went wrong in the war; the French alliance and leadership of George Washington were two of the greatest advantages of the Patriots. In the end, it was the American people who decided the outcome, especially the one-third of white colonists who were zealous Patriots. The currency taxes paid by ordinary citizens (a few pennies on each dollar, but millions of dollars changing hands multiple times) financed the American military victory.
16II. The Path to Victory, 1778–1783D. Diplomatic Triumph 1. The Treaty of ParisII. The Path to Victory, 1778–1783D. Diplomatic Triumph1. Treaty of Paris – Took two years of negotiating; French and Spanish still hoped to make gains in the West Indies; signed treaty in September of 1783; was a formal recognition of American independence. British negotiators did not insist on separate land for Native Americans who aided the British. Fishing rights off of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia for Americans were also granted by the Paris treaty; guaranteed freedom to navigate the Mississippi River to American citizens “forever.” In return, Americans encouraged states to return confiscated property to Loyalists and grant them citizenship. In the Treaty of Versailles (signed simultaneously), British ended war with France and Spain.
17III. Creating Republican Institutions, 1776–1787 A. The State Constitutions: How Much Democracy? 1. Republicanism 2. Pennsylvania’s Controversial Constitution 3. Tempering DemocracyIII. Creating Republican Institutions, 1776–1787A. The State Conventions: How Much Democracy?1. Republicanism – During 1776, many states wrote constitutions under the encouragement of the Second Continental Congress; many states desired to reject anything that was similar to monarchy or put too much power in the hands of the wealthy.2. Pennsylvania’s Controversial Constitution – In 1776, all taxpaying men were granted the right to vote and hold office. The Pennsylvania constitution of 1776 created a unicameral (one-house) legislature with complete power, no governor, elementary education, and no imprisonment for debt; many Patriots criticized this new government without a governor. In 1776, John Adams published Thoughts on Government encouraging a mixed government with shared powers—executive, judicial, and legislature.3. Tempering Democracy – Conservatives, including John Adams, countered Pennsylvania’s constitution with arguments for mixed government; New York and South Carolina constitutions instituted property qualifications for voting and holding office.
18III. Creating Republican Institutions, 1776–1787 B. Women Seek a Public Voice 1. Postwar demandsIII. Creating Republican Institutions, 1776–1787B. Women Seek a Public Voice1. Postwar demands – Postwar women wanted an end to restrictive customs and laws; some advocated property rights for women; women were largely ignored, except in New Jersey; in the 1790s, Massachusetts granted girls an equal right to education under the state constitution.18
191. What does this portrait of Judith Sargent Murray suggest to the viewer about her life and social status? (Answer: Murray is a young woman in this portrait and yet she appears to be very intelligent and cultured. She is wearing a flowing silk dress and shawl and holding flowers in a basket. All of these things reveal that she came from a privileged background. The existence of the portrait is also evidence of her family’s wealth and privilege, since those without money could not commission portraits.)2. To what extent does Murray’s portrait represent American women in the 1790s, if at all? (Answer: Murray was an exceptional woman in many ways as indicated by her social and economic privilege, her level of education, and her success at writing and publishing. She represented the dreams and aspirations of some American women in the 1790s, but not their realities.)
20III. Creating Republican Institutions, 1776–1787 C. The War’s Losers: Loyalists, Native Americans, and Slaves 1. Financial gains and losses 2. Native Americans 3. SlavesIII. Creating Republican Institutions, 1776–1787C. The War’s Losers: Loyalists, Native Americans, and Slaves1. Financial gains and losses – Nearly 100,000 Loyalists left after the war; most lost large sums of money and/or property; some sought compensation from the new government but got very little if any; in some states, the Loyalists’ property was seized and auctioned to highest bidder. In urban areas, Tories were replaced by Patriot merchants; republican-minded entrepreneurs now replaced traditional elites whose money had come from land ownership.2. Native Americans – The Revolution raised yeomen’s hopes of acquiring land in the West, requiring new incursions onto Native American land.3. Slaves – Southern slaveholders fought the Revolution to secure property rights, including slave property; protecting the property rights of whites prevented widespread emancipation of slaves.
22III. Creating Republican Institutions, 1776–1787 D. The Articles of Confederation 1. Approved in Congress November Continuing Fiscal Crisis 3. The Northwest OrdinanceIII. Creating Republican Institutions, 1776–1787D. The Articles of Confederation1. Approved in Congress November 1777 – The Articles provided for a loose union in which each state had one vote regardless of size, population, or wealth; no chief executive; no judiciary; Congress could declare war, make treaties, adjudicate disputes between states, borrow and print money, seek money from the states for common defense.2. Continuing Fiscal Crisis – Government had no power to tax the people; in 1780, the new central government was nearly bankrupt. The Bank of North America was established in Philadelphia as a private institution whose notes were meant to stabilize the economy; Congress desired to sell western lands to raise revenue.3. The Northwest Ordinance (1787) – Created territories that would eventually become Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin; prohibited slavery; earmarked funds from land sales to establish schools; specified when population reached 5,000 men, the citizens could elect a territorial legislature; when the population reached 60,000, the legislature could devise a republican constitution and apply to join the Confederation.22
23III. Creating Republican Institutions, 1776–1787 E. Shays’s Rebellion 1. State governments 2. Rebellion in MassachusettsIII. Creating Republican Institutions, 1776–1787E. Shays’s Rebellion1. State governments – Eastern states suffered tremendously after war; shipping industry had been crippled; war debts were enormous; creditors wanted state governments to repay loans quickly; states did not want to tax the people and instead authorized new paper money.2. Rebellion in Massachusetts – State would not enact debtor-relief, and instead imposed high taxes to pay off wartime debts; farmers began protesting the tax rate and property seizures. Led by Captain Daniel Shays, mobs of farmers closed the Massachusetts courts by force; rebellion was put down by force. Although Shays’s Rebellion failed, it made clear to the new government that the times ahead would be difficult.
26IV. The Constitution of 1787A. The Rise of a Nationalist Faction 1. Money debatesIV. The Constitution of 1787A. The Rise of a Nationalist Faction1. Money debates – Money questions—debts, taxes, and tariffs—dominated the postwar political agenda as a new constitution was debated; some wanted a strong central government (national perspective), including creditors in the South.
27IV. The Constitution of 1787B. The Philadelphia Convention 1. The Virginia and New Jersey Plans 2. The Great Compromise 3. Negotiations over Slavery 4. National AuthorityIV. The Constitution of 1787B. The Philadelphia Convention1. The Virginia and New Jersey Plans – In May 1787, fifty-five delegates arrived in Philadelphia; Rhode Island opposed increasing central authority and did not send representation. Most were strong nationalists; forty-two had served in the Confederation Congress. They were also educated and propertied: merchants, slaveholding planters, and “monied men.” George Washington was elected as the presiding official. The delegates considered the Virginia Plan (proposed by James Madison), which rejected state sovereignty for national authority, called for national government to be established by the people, and proposed a three-tier election system. Smaller states liked the New Jersey Plan, which gave power to raise revenue, control commerce, and make binding requisitions on the states to the Confederation; it preserved the states’ control of their own laws and guaranteed their equality.2. The Great Compromise – Debate between large and small states continued. The Connecticut delegates suggested that the Senate have two members from each state, while the House have representation by population; after bitter debate, delegates accepted this “Great Compromise.”3. Negotiations over Slavery – Gov. Morris of New York condemned slavery at the convention, arguing that it was a “nefarious institution”; slaveholders recognized contradictions between slavery and republicanism but only supported an end to the slave trade and not slavery itself. Slave trade would not be regulated by Congress until Delegates developed a fugitive slave clause but also excluded the words slave and slavery from the Constitution. Ultimately, delegates agreed that slaves would be counted as three-fifths of a free person for purposes of taxation and representation.4. National Authority – Created powerful, pro-creditor national government with powers of taxation, military defense, external commerce; all but three present at the convention signed the document.
28IV. The Constitution of 1787C. The People Debate Ratification 1. The Antifederalists 2. Federalists Respond 3. The Constitution RatifiedIV. The Constitution of 1787C. The People Debate Ratification1. The Antifederalists – Required ratification by nine of the thirteen states; “Federalists” supported a federal union; “Antifederalists” opposed the Constitution, feared that states would lose power, and desired states to remain sovereign. In New York, where ratification was hotly contested, James Madison, John Jay, and Alexander Hamilton defended the proposed constitution in a series of 85 essays The Federalist published by James Madison, John Jay, and Alexander Hamilton.2. Federalists Respond – James Madison, John Jay, and Alexander Hamilton defend the proposed Constitution in a series of essays, collectively titled The Federalist; these papers influenced political leaders throughout the country and won acclaim as an important treatise of practical republicanism.3. The Constitution Ratified – People in coastal areas tended to be Federalists; backcountry population tended to be Antifederalists.