Study Guide

I.  You should be able to identify and state the historical significance of the following:

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John Hancock

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Lord North

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George Grenville

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Samuel Adams

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Charles Townshend

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John Adams

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Crispus Attucks

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Marquis de Lafayette

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Keng George III

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Baron von Steuben

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John Dickinson

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Paxton Boys

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General William Howe

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Horatio Gates

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Charles Lord Cornwallis

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Benedict Arnold

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Noah Webster

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George Washington

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John Burgoyne

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Thomas Paine

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Barry St. Leger

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Richard Henry Lee

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Patrick Henry

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Comte de Rochambeau

II.  You should be able to define and state the historical significance of the following:'

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mercenaries

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natural rights

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Mercantalism

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"No taxation without representation"

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internal/external taxation

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"virtual" representation

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boycott

III.  You should be able to describe and state the historical significance of the following:

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Board of Trade

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Sons of Liberty

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Quebec Act

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Navigation Acts

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Declaratory Acts

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First Continental Congress

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Sugar Act

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Townshend Acts

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Quartering Act

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Boston Massacre

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Stamp Act

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Committees of Correspondence

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Hessians

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Admiralty Courts

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Boston Tea Party

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Loyalists

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Stamp Act Congress

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Intolerable Acts

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Second Continental Congress

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Common Sense

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Declaration of Independence

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Loyalists/Tories

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Patriots/Whigs

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Treaty of Paris of 1783

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Sons of Liberty

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Gaspee

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Olive Branch Petition

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The American Crisis

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Thomas Paine

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Noah Webster

IV.  Discussion Questions:

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Explain the relationship between mercantilism, the Navigation Acts, and British efforts to create an administrative structure for their empire after 1696.

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What were the major advantages and disadvantages of the British and the colonists, respectively, as the American Revolutionary War began?  What would Britain have to do to win? What would the colonists have to do to win?

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In what ways were the mercantilist policies of the British burdensome to the colonists?  In what ways were they beneficial?  

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To what extent was each of the following responsible for the conflict between Britain and the American colonies:

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Parliamentary Leadership

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King George III

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British Mercantilism

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The Navigation Acts

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British Officials in the Colonies

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The Colonists had debated with Parliament and protested its actions since 1763.  That being the case, why did the Declaration of Independence name only George III, and not Parliament?

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"The British lost the Revolutionary War more than the Americans won it."  Assess the validity of this statement.

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Develop an argument against the Stamp Act like you think a colonial leader might have formulated. 

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What major errors of strategy do you believe the British government made in the ways they responded to the colonies in the period 1763-1775. For each of these, explain how you would have handled the situation differently to ensure that the colonies did not break with the mother country. 

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Trace the major stages in the growing sense of colonial unity against the British from 1760 to 1776. 

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Explain why the land west of the Appalachians was an important factor in the coming of the American Revolution. 

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List and discuss the ways in which the American Revolution challenged social
and economic patterns in colonial life. 

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How did diplomatic relations help win the Revolution and also impede the
peace settlement? 

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Explain the extent to which in the final analysis, the Revolution determined
"who would rule at home" as well as "home rule".

V.  Practice Quizzes

A.  Bailey's American Pageant

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

B.  Tindall and Shi: America, A Narrative History

From Empire to Independence

The Revolutionary War

C. Historyteacher.net

The Road to Revolution (1)

The Road to Revolution (2)

The Road to Revolution (5)

The American Revolution (1)

The American Revolution (2)