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1 Causes of the American Revolution I can identify reasons why the American Colonists eventually got to the point where they were willing to risk everything in order to break away from England and become an independent country.

2 What is your go button? Think about your quality of life, family, friends, your own life and the role / effect the government can and does have on these areas of society. Think about your quality of life, family, friends, your own life and the role / effect the government can and does have on these areas of society. Now- What would it take for you to take up arms and rebel against the government? Note: Your actions could result in the death or imprisonment of your family, friends, or even you. Now- What would it take for you to take up arms and rebel against the government? Note: Your actions could result in the death or imprisonment of your family, friends, or even you.

3 Events which led to the American Revolution Before we start just a couple of things Before we start just a couple of things What is a colony? What is a colony? What role do people have living in a colony? What role do people have living in a colony? What rights do they have as colonists? What rights do they have as colonists? Colonization by Spain, France and England Colonization by Spain, France and England

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5 Events which led to the American Revolution I. Influence of the Enlightenment- I. Influence of the Enlightenment- II. End of the French and Indian War 1763 II. End of the French and Indian War 1763 III. Problems III. Problems A. Doubled the size of British Colony. (So what?) B. Crazy expensive-who should pay?

6 Events which led to the American Revolution B. Indian troubles- Pontiacs Rebellion B. Indian troubles- Pontiacs Rebellion ( Proclamation Act of 1763) ( Proclamation Act of 1763) 1. attacks on colonists in the frontier 1. attacks on colonists in the frontier 2. closed the frontier 2. closed the frontier C. Cost of the War C. Cost of the War 1. Stamp Act (1765) Newspaper, documents, etc. 1. Stamp Act (1765) Newspaper, documents, etc.

7 Events which led to the American Revolution No Taxation without Representation!! No Taxation without Representation!!What??????? D. Declaratory Act (1766) D. Declaratory Act (1766) 1. Parliament could make laws in all cases whatsoever 1. Parliament could make laws in all cases whatsoever 2. Colonies cant question authority of Parliament 2. Colonies cant question authority of Parliament

8 Events which led to the American Revolution E. Townshend Taxes E. Townshend Taxes 1. Taxes on glass, lead, paint, paper, and tea 1. Taxes on glass, lead, paint, paper, and tea 2. and the colonists said- Nonimportation colonies decided to discourage the purchase of British imports 2. and the colonists said- Nonimportation colonies decided to discourage the purchase of British imports 3. Boston Massacre (1770) 3. Boston Massacre (1770)

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11 Events which led to the American Revolution 4. Tea Act (1773) 4. Tea Act (1773) 5. Boston Tea Party (1773) 5. Boston Tea Party (1773) 6. Coercive Acts (Intolerable Acts of 1774) 6. Coercive Acts (Intolerable Acts of 1774) a. closed port of Boston a. closed port of Boston b. town meetings only with permission b. town meetings only with permission c. Quartering Act (again!) c. Quartering Act (again!)

12 Events which led to the American Revolution IV. Revolution IV. Revolution A. First Continental Congress (1774) B. Second Continental Congress (1775) C. Olive Branch Petition (1775) D. Loyalists vs. Patriot

13 Events which led to the American Revolution E. Fighting with the pen and words E. Fighting with the pen and words 1. Patrick Henry--Give Me Liberty or Give Me DEATH!!!!!! 2. Thomas Paine- Common Sense and American Crisis

14 Events which led to the American Revolution F. Declaratation of Independence (formal) F. Declaratation of Independence (formal) 1. adopted- July 4, adopted- July 4, Thomas Jefferson- main writer 2. Thomas Jefferson- main writer 3. act of treason 3. act of treason

15 What do you think was the greatest cause of the American Revolution? Your answer does not have to be just one particular event but rather a series of events or issues. What do you think was the greatest cause of the American Revolution? Your answer does not have to be just one particular event but rather a series of events or issues.


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