The Revolutionary War

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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 remaining loyal...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...