Colonial Period

  • Spies!

    Spies!

    Winning the Revolutionary War was a longshot for the Continental Army. They needed all the help they could get. The French helped. George Washington believed that God supported their cause. But help also came from spies. These brave men and women risked their lives to gather information for George Washington…


  • After the Revolutionary War: Becoming a Nation

    After the Revolutionary War: Becoming a Nation

    Americans had longed for independence from Britain. After eight long years of war, they had finally achieved it. But what happened after the peace treaty was signed in 1783? Tough times weren’t over for the American people. They still had to figure out what democracy would look like. Many people…


  • The U.S. Constitution

    The U.S. Constitution

    In 1781, the Continental Congress ratified the Articles of Confederation, which gave very limited power to the national government. After the Revolutionary War, it became clear that this document was too weak. Instead of revising it, George Washington and delegates from all 13 states met to write a completely new…


  • Revolutionary War Facts and Figures

    Revolutionary War Facts and Figures

    The American Revolutionary War lasted eight years. The British were definitely favored to win. They had one of the most powerful militaries and naval forces in the world. They had invaded and colonized many parts of the world, including parts of Africa and Asia. They had never experienced defeat. Yet,…


  • Britain’s Allies

    Britain’s Allies

    Not everyone was happy when America won its independence from Great Britain. Many people, particularly wealthy slave-owners in the southern states, remained sympathetic to Great Britain. These people were known as Loyalists or Tories. Many black slaves and Native Americans fought for the British, as well. [caption id="attachment_334" align="aligncenter" width="300"]…


  • The Revolutionary War

    The Revolutionary War

    The Revolutionary War began on April 19, 1775 at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts. It would last six years, ending with General Cornwallis’s surrender in Yorktown, Virginia on October 19, 1781. More than 25,000 Americans died during this war. Considering that Great Britain was one of the most powerful countries in…


  • The Declaration of Independence

    The Declaration of Independence

    “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” The colonists’ original goal in fighting the British was to gain more freedom, while still…


  • Thomas Paine

    Thomas Paine

    You’ve probably heard of Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and George Washington – all men who played a vital role in the Revolutionary War, but what about Thomas Paine? Most of the Founding Fathers were highly educated, wealthy men who held prominent positions. Thomas Paine was a man of…


  • The First Day of the Revolutionary War: Lexington and Concord

    The First Day of the Revolutionary War: Lexington and Concord

    Although the colonists were angry with the British for increased taxes and interference, most still felt some loyalty to the Crown. Originally, many Americans wanted to remain part of the British Empire, with more freedom. That view changed quickly when they realized King George wasn’t interested in compromise. [caption id="attachment_351"…


  • Boston: A Massacre and a Tea Party

    Boston: A Massacre and a Tea Party

    After the French and Indian War, relationships between the colonists and the British government quickly soured. In Boston, men hanged an effigy of stamp official Andrew Oliver to a tree. When the Lieutenant Governor Thomas Hutchinson ordered its removal, an angry mob destroyed the tax office and even the lieutenant…