The American Revolution

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  • A Tyrant that Lives 3,000 Miles Away
  • I'm okay with being taxed. I am loyal to my King; for George knows what is in my best interest.
  • Well I for one believe that this is taxation without representation! Why should we listen to a tyrant that lives over 3,000 miles away.
  • Give men Liberty or Give me Death!
  • I know not what others may choose but, as for me, give me liberty or give me death!!
  • Shot Heard 'Round the World
  • For more than a decade before the revolution, attempts were made by the British Government to tax the colonies. This created tension between "American" citizens (loyalists were for the King while Patriots were against) based on their views of the situation.
  • Blue and Red Make More Red
  • Colonists began to resent their lack of representation in Parliament. It was men like Thomas Paine (who wrote essays against his Majesty) and Patrick Henry (above) who helped feed the revolution. Its war started soon after the Boston Massacre in 1770.
  • Advance with France
  • Colonial forces inflicted heavy casualties on the British regiment of General William Howe at Breed's Hill in Boston. The engagement (known as Bunker Hill) ended in British victory. However, it lent encouragement that the revolutionary cause needed to push on.
  • I pledge Allegiance to the Flag...
  • ...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...
  • conditions were extremely hard for platoon members; especially for Washington's men (as an example). They were poorly dressed for winter conditions, and many died from starvation or illness. Many soldiers resulted in eating their dogs and or horses.
  • On September 19th, British General John Burgoyne achieved a small, but costly victory over American forces led by Horatio Gates and Benedict Arnold. Though his troop strength had been weakened, Burgoyne again attacked the Americans at Bemis Heights on October 7th, but this time was defeated and forced to retreat. He surrendered ten days later, and the American victory convinced the French government to formally recognize the colonist’s cause and enter the war as their ally.
  • British and American negotiators in Paris signed preliminary peace terms in Paris late that November, and on September 3, 1783, Great Britain formally recognized the independence of the United States in the Treaty of Paris. With the British gone, the founding fathers were able to create what became our Constitution and our Bill of Rights
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