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Chapter 5 THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION From Elite Protest to Popular Revolt, 1763–1783 America Past and Present Eighth Edition Divine Breen Fredrickson Williams.

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1 Chapter 5 THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION From Elite Protest to Popular Revolt, 1763–1783 America Past and Present Eighth Edition Divine Breen Fredrickson Williams Gross Brand Copyright 2007, Pearson Education, Inc., publishing as Longman

2 Structure of Colonial Society n 1760s an optimistic post-war period n Striking ethnic and racial diversity n 60% of population under twenty-one years old n Relatively high per-capita GDP n Wealth unevenly distributed –South has richest individuals, and 90% of non-free colonial population –Middle colonies –New England lags behind because of lack of export products

3 Breakdown of Political Trust n 1760George III ascends throne –Despite limited ability, wants to take more active role in government –Upsets Whigs by ignoring their role –High turnover among top ministers n Hard for Parliament to get adequate information on colonies n Parliamentary sovereignty – English officials assume that Parliament must have ultimate authority

4 No Taxation without Representation: The American Perspective n Colonists try to reserve internal colonial authority for their own legislatures n Colonists assume their legislatures equal in some ways to Parliament n Americans not represented at all in Parliament n British officials espouse virtual representation n Colonists insist only colonial assemblies should represent Americans

5 Ideas About Power and Virtue n John Locke and Commonwealthmen" shape colonial political thought –Rebellion against arbitrary government justified n Power must be countered by virtue n Bad government reflects sin and corruption n Colonists see British officials as sinful and corrupt n Newspapers ensure wide dissemination of political confrontations

6 Eroding the Bonds of Empire I n Large, expensive debt and army left in America from Seven Years War n Colonists doubt the armys value n Pontiacs War –Exposes the British armys weakness –Reveals the desperate situation of Native Americans after withdrawal of French –Frontier racism: Paxton Boys

7 Eroding the Bonds of Empire II: Proclamation of 1763 n Colonists determined to settle trans- Appalachian West n Proclamation of 1763 bans settlement in trans-Appalachian West n Colonists see post-war army as there to enforce proclamation

8 Paying Off the National Debt n Prime Minister George Grenville attempts to reduce Englands war debt n Revenue Act of 1764 (the Sugar Act) n Merchants and gentry protest; most colonists ignore

9 Colonial Products and Trade

10 Popular Protest n 1765Stamp Act requires that colonists purchase stamps to validate documents n Patrick Henry and the Virginia Resolves, unites the gentry and the mass of the population in protest n Stamp Act Congress petitions the king and Parliament for repeal n Sons of Liberty protest includes riots, mob violence, and boycotts

11 Failed Attempts to Save the Empire n 1766Rockingham ministry favors repeal of Stamp Act n Repeal tied to Declaratory Act of 1766 – Parliament sovereign over America in all cases whatsoever n Controversy estranges colonists from English officials

12 Fueling the Crisis: The Townshend Duties n Charles Townshend: chancellor of the exchequer n 1767Townshend Duties tax American imports of paper, lead, glass, and tea n American Board of Customs Commissioners created to collect duties

13 Fueling the Crisis: Response to the Townshend Duties n Sons of Liberty organize boycott of English goods n Circular letter from Massachusetts House of Representatives urges protest n Ninety-two Massachusetts representatives defy government order to rescind letter

14 Fatal Show of Force n English government moves 4000 troops to Boston n Troops clash with Bostons population n March 5, 1770English soldiers fire on civilian crowd, kill five Americans –Incident labeled the Boston Massacre –Victims seen as martyrs –Paul Revere engraving a best seller n Townsend Duties repealed 1770, except tea

15 Last Days of the Old Order, 1770–1773 n Customs collectors antagonize colonists, even wealthy members of the elite, such as John Hancock n Radicals like Samuel Adams protest tea tax as violation of American rights n Committees of correspondence build up alternative political structure

16 The Final Provocation: The Boston Tea Party n 1773Parliament passes Tea Act – Designed to help the East India Company by making the sale of its tea cheaper in America n Americans interpret this as a subtle ploy to get them to consume taxed tea n December 1773Boston protestors dump the tea into the harbor

17 The Final Provocation: The Coercive Acts n Port of Boston closed until tea paid for n Massachusetts government re-structured – Upper house made appointive body – Town meetings permitted only once a year n Accused officials to be tried in England, not America n Army authorized to quarter troops wherever needed

18 The Final Provocation: The Québec Act n Québec Act establishes authoritarian government for Canada n Gives control over settlement north of Ohio River to Québec government n Colonists interpret act as final proof of Parliamentary plot to enslave America n Provides unifying threat to colonies


20 Steps Toward Independence n September 1774First Continental Congress in response to Coercive Acts n Congress commends Suffolk Resolves urging forcible resistance n Intercolonial Association halts commerce with Britain until Coercive Acts repealed

21 Shots Heard Around the World n April 19, 1775skirmish breaks out in Lexington, Massachusetts n Fighting spreads along road between Lexington, Concord, and Boston n English retreat to Boston with heavy losses n June 17, 1775colonists inflict heavy losses on British in Battle of Bunker Hill

22 Beginning The World Over Again: Early War Effort n British colonial governments collapse n Second Continental Congressaction and inaction –June 1775Congress appoints George Washington commander in chief –Congress issues paper money to pay war debts –Debates whether to declare independence n British action that makes compromise unlikely –December 1775 Prohibitory ActBritish blockade colonists trade –German mercenaries hired to put down rebellion –Virginia Governor Dunmore urges slaves to take up arms against their masters

23 Beginning The World over Again: Decision for Independence n January 1776Thomas Paines Common Sense –Convinces ordinary colonists to sever ties with Britain –Europe, not England, is the parent country of America n Jefferson writes Declaration of Independence n Acceptance –July 2, 1776Independence voted by Congress –July 4Declaration of Independence issued

24 Fighting for Independence n British confident of victory –Larger population, more resources –Naval supremacy n Britains tasks – Supply troops an ocean away in hostile territory – Crush the popular spirit of independence n British underestimate Americans commitment to their political ideology

25 The American Revolution, 1775– 1781

26 Building a Professional Army n Washington rejects guerilla warfare strategy n Continental army to be a fighting force and symbol of the republican cause n Militias role: compel support for Revolution n African Americans in the Revolution –New England militias attract slaves with promises of emancipation –Southern slaves more likely to side with British

27 Testing the American Will n General Howe replaces General Gage for British n Summer 1776fighting shifts to New York n American army routed on Long Island n New York City captured n Washington forced to retreat through New Jersey n British think rebels will soon capitulate

28 Times That Try Mens Souls n General Howe issues pardon for all who swear loyalty to Britain –3000 accept n December 25, 1776Washington captures 900 Hessians in Trenton n January 3, 1777Washington captures Princeton n Victories re-kindle wartime patriotism n British consolidate forces; leave much of New Jersey in patriot control

29 Victory in a Year of Defeat n British strategy –Cut off New England from other colonies –Lure Continental army into decisive battle n The plan for cutting off New England –Burgoynes army moves in from Canada –Howes army moves up from New York –They meet in Albany n Burgoyne defeated at Saratoga n Howe takes Philadelphia instead n Washingtons army winters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

30 The French Alliance n French help colonists to get back at Britain for defeat in Seven Years War n Effects of Saratoga –Convinces France that colonists are serious enough to become formal allies –British sue for peace to prevent Franco- American alliance n British offer repeal of all laws since 1763, respect for colonial taxation rights n February 1778Alliance with France concluded

31 The Final Campaign n British believe Loyalists stronger in southern colonies, so fighting shifts there n Spring 1780English capture Savannah and Charleston n August 1780American army routed at Camden, South Carolina n Continental army rallies under Nathaniel Greene n Cornwallis moves British into Virginia, 1781 n October 19, 1781Cornwallis surrenders to Washingtons combined French and American forces

32 The Loyalist Dilemma n More than 100,000 Loyalists leave U.S. at wars end n Loyalists share basic ideology with Patriots n Loyalists see rebellion as endangering life, liberty, and property n Loyalists treated poorly by both sides –British never fully trust Loyalists –Patriots seize property, imprison, execute some

33 Loyalist Strongholds

34 Winning the Peace n American negotiators are John Jay, Ben Franklin, and John Adams n They play France against England to get best terms n Peace Treaty of 1783 – U.S. independence recognized – U.S. gets all territory east of Mississippi River, between Canada and Florida – U.S. secures fishing rights in North Atlantic – U.S. will help British merchants and Loyalists collect debts

35 Preserving Independence n The American Revolution begins construction of new form of government n Question remains: a government of the elite or a government of the people?

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