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American Revolution

American Revolution refers to the political and armed conflict between 13 British colonies in North America and their parent country, Great Britain, between 1775 and 1783. The colonies formed self-governing independent states, which later united to form one nation, breaking away from the British rule in 1776 with the Declaration of Independence. The American Revolutionary War ended with American victory in October 1781, and Britain recognized the United States' independence and sovereignty in 1783. The revolution led to drafting of the Constitution of the United States in 1787 and the United States Bill of Rights in 1789, establishing a republican form of government, in which power resided with the people.
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Causes of the American Revolution
Grade: 5 - 12
The presentation goes over the causes of the American Revolution. Study guide questions cover: Colonies in 1760, after-effects of French & Indian War, Proclamation of 1763, the Sons of Liberty, the Boston Massacre, Townshend Acts, the Stamp Act, the Boston Tea Party, the First Continental Congress, tyranny, the fighting at Lexington & Concord.

The American Revolution - Review
Grade: 5 - 12
Video is all about the American Revolution from beginning to end. It isn't heavy on battle information...but it is loaded with great information about the American Revolution!

Declaration of Independence
Grade: 5 - 12
A short video explaining the Declaration of Independence. It examines what the document says, and why it was written in the first place!

The Constitutional Convention
Grade: 5 - 12
Study guide presentation - all about the Constitutional Convention.

Lesson 1/4 - American Colonial Reactions, 1763-1776
Grade: 5 - 12
Learn about American Colonial Reactions and Revolution 1763-1776.

Lesson 2/4 - The British Empire and the Revolution
Grade: 5 - 12
Learn about The British Empire and the American Revolution.

Lesson 3/4 - Revolution and the Pattern of War 1774-1783
Grade: 5 - 12
Learn about the American Revolution, and the Pattern of War 1774-1783.

Lesson 4/4 - Taverns, Politics, Tories, Patriots
Grade: 5 - 12
Learn about Taverns, Politics, Tories, Patriots.

History of Colonial America 1497 - 1763
Grade: 5 - 12
Video describes the Colonial America 1497- 1763.

The story behind the Boston Tea Party
Grade: 5 - 12
The story behind the Boston Tea Party. Before the Revolutionary War, American colonists were taxed heavily for importing tea from Britain. The colonists, not fans of 'taxation without representation', reacted by dumping tea into the Boston Harbor, a night now known as the Boston Tea Party.

Tea, Taxes, and The American Revolution
Grade: 5 - 12
The video goes over the issues and events that precipitated rebellion in Britain's American colonies, and also explores the ideas that laid the groundwork for the new American democracy. Find out how the tax bill from the Seven Years War fomented an uprising, how the Enlightenment influenced the Founding Fathers, and who were the winners and losers in this conflict.

The Intolerable Acts
Grade: 5 - 12
An overview of the 'Intolerable Acts' - a set of punitive laws passed by the British Parliament in 1774 in reaction to the Boston Tea Party.

The First Continental Congress
Grade: 5 - 12
A brief overview of the first Continental Congress that met in 1774 at Philadelphia in response to the 'Intolerable Acts' imposed by the British government on the colonies.

The Second Continental Congress
Grade: 5 - 12
An overview of the second Continental Congress that met in 1774 at Philadelphia after the American Revolutionary War had begun. It managed the colonial war effort, and later adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Thomas Paine's Common Sense
Grade: 5 - 12
What need to know about Common Sense and Thomas Paine's call for American independence in 1776.

The Declaration of Independence
Grade: 5 - 12
Learn about the contents of the Declaration of Independence including the Preamble, the Social Contract, the Grievances against King George III, and the Declaring of US Independence.

Slavery and the American Revolution
Grade: 5 - 12
The video covers James Somerset's release from slavery in England and its repercussions in British Colonial America as the '13 original' colonies headed down toward revolution and independence.

Lesson 1 - Building of a New Republic
Grade: 5 - 12
A presentation about the state of the nation and the building of a new republic.

Lesson 2 - Liberty and Order in the New Republic
Grade: 5 - 12
A presentation about liberty and order in the new republic.

Lesson 3 - Society and Culture in the New Republic
Grade: 5 - 12
A presentation about the society and culture in the new republic.

Prelude to Revolution - Taxes and Smuggling
Grade: 5 - 12
Video explores the roots of the American Revolution. It leads through the series of taxes, royal decrees, acts of parliament, colonial responses, and various congresses. The bill that the British ran up fighting the Seven Years War led to new taxes on colonial trade, which led to colonists demanding representation, and eventually led to the revolution.

Who Won the American Revolution?
Grade: 5 - 12
Learn about the major battles of the war, and discuss the strategies on both sides. But what did the revolution mean to the common people in the United States? The reality is, it took a long time for this whole democracy thing to get underway, and the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness weren't immediately available to all the newly minted Americans.

The Constitution, the Articles, and Federalism
Grade: 5 - 12
Learn about the United States Constitution. During and after the American Revolutionary War, the new country operated under the Articles of Confederation. Later when it came to running the country, the founding fathers had to create the Constitution. The video explores how the convention came together and some of the compromises that had to be made to pass the constitution.

Revolutionary War Re-enactment
Grade: 5 - 12
Be part of the American drive for independence! The Continental army squares off against the loyalists, the Hessians and British regulars in this revolutionary war re-enactment, held at Cantigny park in Wheaton Ill.

The American Revolution (Sesame Street) - part 1
Grade: 5 - 12
Don Music plays Thomas Jefferson trying to write the Declaration of Independence.

The American Revolution (Sesame Street) - part 2
Grade: 5 - 12
The Sesame Street gang role play and try to choose the national bird for the new country.

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