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THE CAUSES AND RESULTS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION WHAT I SHOULD KNOW: 6 TH GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES Created By: S. Grey- SOL US 1.6a,b,c,d
KEY WORDS AND DEFINITIONS
Stamp Act: passed by the British Parliament in 1765 that required a tax on all printed items such as newspaper and legal documents
Key Words and Definitions
Parliament: the British legislature made up of the House of Lords and the House of commons
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Proclamation of 1763: King George III of England prohibited the westward movement of colonist across the Appalachian Mountains
Five Sources of Colonial Dissatisfaction
Colonies had no representation in Parliament
Some colonist resented the power of colonial governors
England wanted control over colonial legislatures
Colonies opposed taxes
Proclamation of 1763 hampered western movement of settlers
John Locke and the Philosophies in the Declaration of Independence
John Locke: English philosopher who stated that people have inherent rights to life, liberty, and property.
Key Philosophies of the Declaration of Independence
People have certain “unalienable rights” to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
People establish government to protect those rights
Government derives power from the people
People have a right and duty to change a government
Key Individuals of the American Revolution
King George III: British king during the American Revolution era
Lord Cornwallis: British general who surrendered at Yorktown
John Adams: championed the cause of independence
George Washington: Commander of the Continental Army
Thomas Jefferson: major author of the Declaration of Independence
Patrick Henry: outspoken member of the House of Burgesses; inspired colonial patriotism with “Give me liberty or give me death” speech.
Benjamin Franklin: prominent member of the Continental Congress; helped frame the Declaration of Independence
Thomas Paine: colonial journalist, and author of Common Sense .
Key Events of the American Revolution
Boston Massacre: In 1770, colonists in Boston were shot after taunting British soldiers.
Boston Tea Party: In 1773, Samuel Adams and Paul Revere led Patriots in throwing tea into Boston Harbor to protest tea taxes.
First Continental Congress: In 1774, delegates from all the colonies met to discuss problems with England and to promote independence
Battle of Lexington and Concord: This was the site of the first armed conflict of the Revolutionary war in 1775
Approval of the Declaration of Independence: Colonies declared independence from England on July 4, 1776.
Battle of Saratoga: The American victory in 1777 was a turning point in the war.
Advantages that helped colonist win the Revolutionary War
Colonists’ defense of their own land, principles, and strong beliefs
Support from France and Spain
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