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The American Revolution
Revolution
was a colonial revolt that took place between 1765 and 1783. The American Patriots in the Thirteen Colonies
Thirteen Colonies
won independence from Great Britain, becoming the United States
United States
of America. They defeated the British in the American Revolutionary War in alliance with France and others. Members of American colonial society argued the position of "no taxation without representation", starting with the Stamp Act Congress in 1765. They rejected the authority of the British Parliament to tax them because they lacked members in that governing body. Protests steadily escalated to the Boston Massacre
Boston Massacre
in 1770 and the burning of the Gaspee in Rhode Island
Rhode Island
in 1772, followed by the Boston
Boston
Tea Party in December 1773, during which Patriots destroyed a consignment of taxed tea. The British responded by closing Boston
Boston
Harbor, then followed with a series of legislative acts which effectively rescinded Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Bay Colony's rights of self-government and caused the other colonies to rally behind Massachusetts. In late 1774, the Patriots set up their own alternative government to better coordinate their resistance efforts against Great Britain; other colonists preferred to remain aligned to the Crown and were known as Loyalists or Tories. Tensions erupted into battle between Patriot militia and British regulars when the king's army attempted to capture and destroy Colonial military supplies at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. The conflict then developed into a global war, during which the Patriots (and later their French, Spanish, and Dutch allies) fought the British and Loyalists
Loyalists
in what became known as the American Revolutionary War (1775–83). Each of the thirteen colonies formed a Provincial Congress that assumed power from the old colonial governments and suppressed Loyalism, and from there they built a Continental Army
Continental Army
under the leadership of General George Washington. The Continental Congress
Continental Congress
determined King George's rule to be tyrannical and infringing the colonists' rights as Englishmen, and they declared the colonies free and independent states on July 2, 1776. The Patriot leadership professed the political philosophies of liberalism and republicanism to reject monarchy and aristocracy, and they proclaimed that all men are created equal. The Continental Army
Continental Army
forced the redcoats out of Boston
Boston
in March 1776, but that summer the British captured and held New York City
New York City
and its strategic harbor for the duration of the war. The Royal Navy blockaded ports and captured other cities for brief periods, but they failed to defeat Washington's forces. The Patriots unsuccessfully attempted to invade Canada during the winter of 1775–76, but successfully captured a British army at the Battle of Saratoga
Battle of Saratoga
in October 1777. France now entered the war as an ally of the United States
United States
with a large army and navy that threatened Britain itself. The war turned to the American South where the British under the leadership of Charles Cornwallis captured an army at Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina
in early 1780 but failed to enlist enough volunteers from Loyalist civilians to take effective control of the territory while fighting partisans. A combined American–French force captured a second British army at Yorktown in the fall of 1781, effectively ending the war in North America. The Treaty of Paris, signed September 3, 1783, formally ended the conflict, confirming the new nation's complete separation from the British Empire. The United States
United States
took possession of nearly all the territory east of the Mississippi River
Mississippi River
and south of the Great Lakes, with the British retaining control of Canada and Spain taking Florida. Among the significant results of the revolution was the creation of a new Constitution of the United States. The new Constitution established a relatively strong federal national government that included an executive, a national judiciary, and a bicameral Congress that represented states in the Senate and the population in the House of Representatives.[1][2] The Revolution
Revolution
also resulted in the migration of around 60,000 Loyalists
Loyalists
to other British territories, especially British North America (Canada).

Contents

1 Origin

1.1 1651–1748: Early seeds 1.2 1764–1766: Taxes imposed and withdrawn 1.3 1767–1773: Townshend Acts
Townshend Acts
and the Tea Act 1.4 1774–1775: Intolerable Acts
Intolerable Acts
and the Quebec Act

2 Military hostilities begin 3 Creating new state constitutions 4 Independence and Union 5 Defending the Revolution

5.1 British return: 1776–1777 5.2 Prisoners 5.3 American alliances after 1778 5.4 The British move South, 1778–1783

5.4.1 Surrender at Yorktown (1781)

5.5 The end of the war

6 Peace treaty

6.1 Impact on Britain

7 Finance 8 Concluding the Revolution

8.1 Creating a "more perfect union" and guaranteeing rights 8.2 National debt

9 Ideology and factions

9.1 Ideology behind the Revolution

9.1.1 Liberalism 9.1.2 Republicanism

9.1.2.1 Fusing republicanism and liberalism

9.1.3 Impact of Great Awakening

9.2 Class and psychology of the factions 9.3 King George III 9.4 Patriots 9.5 Loyalists 9.6 Neutrals 9.7 Role of women

10 Other participants

10.1 France 10.2 Spain 10.3 American Indians 10.4 Black Americans

11 Effects of the Revolution

11.1 Loyalist expatriation 11.2 Interpretations 11.3 Inspiring all colonies 11.4 Status of American women 11.5 Status of African Americans 11.6 Commemorations

12 See also 13 Notes 14 References 15 Bibliography

15.1 Reference works 15.2 Surveys of the era 15.3 Specialized studies 15.4 Historiography 15.5 Primary sources 15.6 Contemporaneous sources: Annual Register

16 External links

Origin See also: Thirteen Colonies

Eastern North America in 1775. The British Province of Quebec, the Thirteen Colonies
Thirteen Colonies
on the Atlantic coast, and the Indian Reserve as defined by the Royal Proclamation
Proclamation
of 1763. The 1763 "Proclamation line" comprises the border between the red and the pink areas, while the orange area represents the Spanish claim.

Historians typically begin their histories of the American Revolution with the British coalition victory in the Seven Years' War
Seven Years' War
in 1763. The North American theater of the Seven Years' War, commonly known as the French and Indian War
French and Indian War
in the United States, removed France as a major player in North American affairs and led to the cession of the territory of New France
New France
to Great Britain. Lawrence Henry Gipson, the historian of the British Empire, states:

It may be said as truly that the American Revolution
Revolution
was an aftermath of the Anglo-French conflict in the New World carried on between 1754 and 1763.[3]

The Royal Proclamation of 1763
Royal Proclamation of 1763
may have played a role in the separation of the United States
United States
from Great Britain, as colonists at the time wanted to continue in the economically beneficial cultural practice of taking land for one's own livelihood as part of the drive west. The lands west of Quebec and west of a line running along the crest of the Allegheny mountains became Indian territory, temporarily barred to settlement. 1651–1748: Early seeds Main articles: Navigation Acts, Dominion of New England, King Philip's War, and War of the Austrian Succession As early as 1651, the English government had sought to regulate trade in the American colonies. On October 9, the Navigation Acts were passed pursuant to a mercantilist policy intended to ensure that trade enriched only Great Britain, and barring trade with foreign nations.[4][5] Some argue that the economic impact was minimal on the colonists,[6][7] but the political friction which the acts triggered was more serious, as the merchants most directly affected were most politically active.[8] King Philip's War
King Philip's War
ended in 1678, and much of it was fought without significant assistance from England. This contributed to the development of a unique identity, separate from that of the British people.[9] In the 1680s, King Charles II determined to bring the New England colonies under a more centralized administration in order to regulate trade more effectively.[10] His efforts were fiercely opposed by the colonists, resulting in the abrogation of their colonial charter by the Crown.[11] Charles' successor James II finalized these efforts in 1686, establishing the Dominion of New England. Dominion rule triggered bitter resentment throughout New England; the enforcement of the unpopular Navigation Acts and the curtailing of local democracy angered the colonists.[12] New Englanders were encouraged, however, by a change of government in England that saw James II effectively abdicate, and a populist uprising overthrew Dominion rule on April 18, 1689.[13][14] Colonial governments reasserted their control in the wake of the revolt, and successive governments made no more attempts to restore the Dominion.[15][16] Subsequent English governments continued in their efforts to tax certain goods, passing acts regulating the trade of wool,[17] hats,[18] and molasses.[19] The Molasses Act
Molasses Act
of 1733 in particular was egregious to the colonists, as a significant part of colonial trade relied on the product. The taxes severely damaged the New England economy, and the taxes were rarely paid, resulting in a surge of smuggling, bribery, and intimidation of customs officials.[20] Colonial wars fought in America were often the source of considerable tension. The British captured the fortress of Louisbourg
Louisbourg
during the War of the Austrian Succession, but then ceded it back to France in 1748. New England
New England
colonists resented their losses of lives, as well as the effort and expenditure involved in subduing the fortress, only to have it returned to their erstwhile enemy.[21] 1764–1766: Taxes imposed and withdrawn Main articles: Sugar Act, Currency Act, Quartering Acts, Stamp Act 1765, and Declaratory Act Further information: No taxation without representation
No taxation without representation
and Virtual representation

Notice of Stamp Act of 1765 in newspaper

In 1764, Parliament passed the Currency Act
Currency Act
to restrain the use of paper money, fearing that otherwise the colonists might evade debt payments.[22] Parliament also passed the Sugar Act, imposing customs duties on a number of articles. That same year, Prime Minister George Grenville proposed direct taxes on the colonies to raise revenue, but he delayed action to see whether the colonies would propose some way to raise the revenue themselves.[citation needed] Parliament finally passed the Stamp Act in March 1765 which imposed direct taxes on the colonies for the first time. All official documents, newspapers, almanacs, and pamphlets were required to have the stamps—even decks of playing cards. The colonists did not object that the taxes were high; they were actually low.[23] They objected to the fact that they had no representation in the Parliament, and thus no voice concerning legislation that affected them. Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
testified in Parliament in 1766 that Americans
Americans
already contributed heavily to the defense of the Empire. He said that local governments had raised, outfitted, and paid 25,000 soldiers to fight France—as many as Britain itself sent—and spent many millions from American treasuries doing so in the French and Indian War
French and Indian War
alone.[24][25] London had to deal with 1,500 politically well-connected British Army soldiers. The decision was to keep them on active duty with full pay, but they had to be stationed somewhere. Stationing a standing army in Great Britain during peacetime was politically unacceptable, so the decision was made to station them in America and have the Americans
Americans
pay them. The soldiers had no military mission; they were not there to defend the colonies because there was no threat to the colonies.[26] The Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
were formed in 1765. They used public demonstrations, boycott, violence, and threats of violence to ensure that the British tax laws were unenforceable. In Boston, the Sons of Liberty
Liberty
burned the records of the vice admiralty court and looted the home of chief justice Thomas Hutchinson. Several legislatures called for united action, and nine colonies sent delegates to the Stamp Act Congress in New York City
New York City
in October 1765. Moderates led by John Dickinson drew up a "Declaration of Rights and Grievances" stating that taxes passed without representation violated their rights as Englishmen. Colonists emphasized their determination by boycotting imports of British merchandise.[27] The Parliament at Westminster saw itself as the supreme lawmaking authority throughout all British possessions and thus entitled to levy any tax without colonial approval.[28] They argued that the colonies were legally British corporations that were completely subordinate to the British parliament and pointed to numerous instances where Parliament had made laws binding on the colonies in the past.[29] They did not see anything in the unwritten British constitution that made taxes special[30] and noted that they had taxed American trade for decades. Parliament insisted that the colonies effectively enjoyed a "virtual representation" as most British people did, as only a small minority of the British population elected representatives to Parliament.[31] Americans
Americans
such as James Otis maintained that the Americans
Americans
were not in fact virtually represented.[32] In London, the Rockingham government came to power (July 1765) and Parliament debated whether to repeal the stamp tax or to send an army to enforce it. Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
made the case for repeal, explaining that the colonies had spent heavily in manpower, money, and blood in defense of the empire in a series of wars against the French and Indians, and that further taxes to pay for those wars were unjust and might bring about a rebellion. Parliament agreed and repealed the tax (February 21, 1766), but insisted in the Declaratory Act
Declaratory Act
of March 1766 that they retained full power to make laws for the colonies "in all cases whatsoever".[33] The repeal nonetheless caused widespread celebrations in the colonies. 1767–1773: Townshend Acts
Townshend Acts
and the Tea Act Main articles: Townshend Acts
Townshend Acts
and Tea Act Further information: Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Circular Letter, Boston
Boston
Massacre, and Boston
Boston
Tea Party

Burning of the Gaspee

In 1767, the Parliament passed the Townshend Acts
Townshend Acts
which placed duties on a number of essential goods, including paper, glass, and tea, and established a Board of Customs in Boston
Boston
to more rigorously execute trade regulations. The new taxes were enacted on the belief that Americans
Americans
only objected to internal taxes and not to external taxes such as custom duties. The Americans, however, argued against the constitutionality of the act because its purpose was to raise revenue and not regulate trade. Colonists responded by organizing new boycotts of British goods. These boycotts were less effective, however, as the Townshend goods were widely used. In February 1768, the Assembly of Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Bay issued a circular letter to the other colonies urging them to coordinate resistance. The governor dissolved the assembly when it refused to rescind the letter. Meanwhile, a riot broke out in Boston
Boston
in June 1768 over the seizure of the sloop Liberty, owned by John Hancock, for alleged smuggling. Customs officials were forced to flee, prompting the British to deploy troops to Boston. A Boston
Boston
town meeting declared that no obedience was due to parliamentary laws and called for the convening of a convention. A convention assembled but only issued a mild protest before dissolving itself. In January 1769, Parliament responded to the unrest by reactivating the Treason Act 1543
Treason Act 1543
which called for subjects outside the realm to face trials for treason in England. The governor of Massachusetts
Massachusetts
was instructed to collect evidence of said treason, and the threat caused widespread outrage, though it was not carried out. On March 5, 1770, a large crowd gathered around a group of British soldiers. The crowd grew threatening, throwing snowballs, rocks, and debris at them. One soldier was clubbed and fell.[34] There was no order to fire, but the soldiers fired into the crowd anyway. They hit 11 people; three civilians died at the scene of the shooting, and two died after the incident. The event quickly came to be called the Boston
Boston
Massacre. The soldiers were tried and acquitted (defended by John Adams), but the widespread descriptions soon began to turn colonial sentiment against the British. This, in turn, began a downward spiral in the relationship between Britain and the Province of Massachusetts.[34] A new ministry under Lord North
Lord North
came to power in 1770, and Parliament withdrew all taxes except the tax on tea, giving up its efforts to raise revenue while maintaining the right to tax. This temporarily resolved the crisis, and the boycott of British goods largely ceased, with only the more radical patriots such as Samuel Adams
Samuel Adams
continuing to agitate.

This 1846 lithograph by Nathaniel Currier
Nathaniel Currier
was entitled "The Destruction of Tea at Boston
Boston
Harbor"; the phrase " Boston
Boston
Tea Party" had not yet become standard.[35]

In June 1772, American patriots, including John Brown, burned a British warship that had been vigorously enforcing unpopular trade regulations in what became known as the Gaspee Affair. The affair was investigated for possible treason, but no action was taken. In 1772, it became known that the Crown intended to pay fixed salaries to the governors and judges in Massachusetts. Samuel Adams
Samuel Adams
in Boston set about creating new Committees of Correspondence, which linked Patriots in all 13 colonies and eventually provided the framework for a rebel government. Virginia, the largest colony, set up its Committee of Correspondence in early 1773, on which Patrick Henry
Patrick Henry
and Thomas Jefferson served.[36] A total of about 7000 to 8000 Patriots served on "Committees of Correspondence" at the colonial and local levels, comprising most of the leadership in their communities. Loyalists
Loyalists
were excluded. The committees became the leaders of the American resistance to British actions, and largely determined the war effort at the state and local level. When the First Continental Congress
First Continental Congress
decided to boycott British products, the colonial and local Committees took charge, examining merchant records and publishing the names of merchants who attempted to defy the boycott by importing British goods.[37] In 1773, private letters were published in which Massachusetts Governor
Governor
Thomas Hutchinson claimed that the colonists could not enjoy all English liberties, and Lieutenant Governor
Governor
Andrew Oliver
Andrew Oliver
called for the direct payment of colonial officials. The letters' contents were used as evidence of a systematic plot against American rights, and discredited Hutchinson in the eyes of the people; the Assembly petitioned for his recall. Benjamin Franklin, postmaster general for the colonies, acknowledged that he leaked the letters, which led to him being berated by British officials and fired from his job. Meanwhile, Parliament passed the Tea Act
Tea Act
to lower the price of taxed tea exported to the colonies in order to help the East India Company undersell smuggled Dutch tea. Special
Special
consignees were appointed to sell the tea in order to bypass colonial merchants. The act was opposed by those who resisted the taxes and also by smugglers who stood to lose business.[citation needed] In most instances, the consignees were forced to resign and the tea was turned back, but Massachusetts
Massachusetts
governor Hutchinson refused to allow Boston
Boston
merchants to give in to pressure. A town meeting in Boston
Boston
determined that the tea would not be landed, and ignored a demand from the governor to disperse. On December 16, 1773, a group of men, led by Samuel Adams and dressed to evoke the appearance of American Indians, boarded the ships of the British East India Company
East India Company
and dumped £10,000 worth of tea from their holds (approximately £636,000 in 2008) into Boston Harbor. Decades later, this event became known as the Boston
Boston
Tea Party and remains a significant part of American patriotic lore.[38] 1774–1775: Intolerable Acts
Intolerable Acts
and the Quebec Act

A 1774 etching from The London Magazine, copied by Paul Revere
Paul Revere
of Boston. Prime Minister Lord North, author of the Boston
Boston
Port Act, forces the Intolerable Acts
Intolerable Acts
down the throat of America, whose arms are restrained by Lord Chief Justice Mansfield, while Lord Sandwich pins down her feet and peers up her robes. Behind them, Mother Britannia weeps helplessly.

Main articles: Quebec Act
Quebec Act
and Intolerable Acts The British government responded by passing several Acts which came to be known as the Intolerable Acts, which further darkened colonial opinion towards the British. They consisted of four laws enacted by the British parliament.[39] The first was the Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Government Act which altered the Massachusetts
Massachusetts
charter and restricted town meetings. The second act was the Administration of Justice Act which ordered that all British soldiers to be tried were to be arraigned in Britain, not in the colonies. The third Act was the Boston
Boston
Port Act, which closed the port of Boston
Boston
until the British had been compensated for the tea lost in the Boston
Boston
Tea Party. The fourth Act was the Quartering Act of 1774, which allowed royal governors to house British troops in the homes of citizens without requiring permission of the owner.[40] In response, Massachusetts
Massachusetts
patriots issued the Suffolk Resolves
Suffolk Resolves
and formed an alternative shadow government known as the "Provincial Congress" which began training militia outside British-occupied Boston.[41] In September 1774, the First Continental Congress convened, consisting of representatives from each of the colonies, to serve as a vehicle for deliberation and collective action. During secret debates, conservative Joseph Galloway
Joseph Galloway
proposed the creation of a colonial Parliament that would be able to approve or disapprove of acts of the British Parliament, but his idea was not accepted. The Congress instead endorsed the proposal of John Adams
John Adams
that Americans would obey Parliament voluntarily but would resist all taxes in disguise. Congress called for a boycott beginning on 1 December 1774 of all British goods; it was enforced by new committees authorized by the Congress.[42] Military hostilities begin

Join, or Die
Join, or Die
by Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
was recycled to encourage the former colonies to unite against British rule.

Further information: Shot heard 'round the world, Boston
Boston
campaign, Invasion of Canada (1775), and American Revolutionary War Massachusetts
Massachusetts
was declared in a state of rebellion in February 1775 and the British garrison received orders to disarm the rebels and arrest their leaders, leading to the Battles of Lexington and Concord on 19 April 1775. The Patriots laid siege to Boston, expelled royal officials from all the colonies, and took control through the establishment of Provincial Congresses. The Battle of Bunker Hill followed on June 17, 1775. It was a British victory—but at a great cost: about 1,000 British casualties from a garrison of about 6,000, as compared to 500 American casualties from a much larger force.[43][44] The Second Continental Congress
Second Continental Congress
was divided on the best course of action, but eventually produced the Olive Branch Petition, in which they attempted to come to an accord with King George. The king, however, issued a Proclamation
Proclamation
of Rebellion
Rebellion
which stated that the states were "in rebellion" and the members of Congress were traitors. In the winter of 1775, the Americans
Americans
invaded Canada under generals Benedict Arnold
Benedict Arnold
and Richard Montgomery. The attack was a complete failure; many Americans
Americans
who weren't killed were either captured or died of smallpox. In March 1776, the Continental Army
Continental Army
forced the British to evacuate Boston, with George Washington
George Washington
as the commander of the new army. The revolutionaries were now in full control of all 13 colonies and were ready to declare independence. There still were many Loyalists, but they were no longer in control anywhere by July 1776, and all of the Royal officials had fled.[45] Creating new state constitutions Following the Battle of Bunker Hill
Battle of Bunker Hill
in June 1775, the Patriots had control of Massachusetts
Massachusetts
outside the Boston
Boston
city limits, and the Loyalists
Loyalists
suddenly found themselves on the defensive with no protection from the British army. In all 13 colonies, Patriots had overthrown their existing governments, closing courts and driving away British officials. They had elected conventions and "legislatures" that existed outside any legal framework; new constitutions were drawn up in each state to supersede royal charters. They declared that they were states now, not colonies.[46] On January 5, 1776, New Hampshire
New Hampshire
ratified the first state constitution. In May 1776, Congress voted to suppress all forms of crown authority, to be replaced by locally created authority. Virginia, South Carolina, and New Jersey
New Jersey
created their constitutions before July 4. Rhode Island
Rhode Island
and Connecticut
Connecticut
simply took their existing royal charters and deleted all references to the crown.[47] The new states were all committed to republicanism, with no inherited offices. They decided what form of government to create, and also how to select those who would craft the constitutions and how the resulting document would be ratified. On 26 May 1776, John Adams
John Adams
wrote James Sullivan from Philadelphia: "Depend upon it, sir, it is dangerous to open so fruitful a source of controversy and altercation, as would be opened by attempting to alter the qualifications of voters. There will be no end of it. New claims will arise. Women will demand a vote. Lads from twelve to twenty one will think their rights not enough attended to, and every man, who has not a farthing, will demand an equal voice with any other in all acts of state. It tends to confound and destroy all distinctions, and prostrate all ranks, to one common level".[48][49] The resulting constitutions in states such as Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, New York, and Massachusetts[50] featured:

Property qualifications for voting and even more substantial requirements for elected positions (though New York and Maryland lowered property qualifications)[46] Bicameral legislatures, with the upper house as a check on the lower Strong governors with veto power over the legislature and substantial appointment authority Few or no restraints on individuals holding multiple positions in government The continuation of state-established religion

Benjamin Rush, 1783

In Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New Hampshire, the resulting constitutions embodied:

universal manhood suffrage, or minimal property requirements for voting or holding office ( New Jersey
New Jersey
enfranchised some property-owning widows, a step that it retracted 25 years later) strong, unicameral legislatures relatively weak governors without veto powers, and with little appointing authority prohibition against individuals holding multiple government posts

The radical provisions of Pennsylvania's constitution lasted only 14 years. In 1790, conservatives gained power in the state legislature, called a new constitutional convention, and rewrote the constitution. The new constitution substantially reduced universal male suffrage, gave the governor veto power and patronage appointment authority, and added an upper house with substantial wealth qualifications to the unicameral legislature. Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine
called it a constitution unworthy of America.[1] Independence and Union

Johannes Adam Simon Oertel. Pulling Down the Statue of King George III, N.Y.C., ca. 1859. The painting is a romanticized version of the Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
destroying the symbol of monarchy following the reading of the United States
United States
Declaration of Independence to the Continental Army
Continental Army
and residents on the New York City
New York City
commons by George Washington, July 9th, 1776.

Further information: Lee Resolution, Articles of Confederation, Committee of Five, and United States
United States
Declaration of Independence In April 1776, the North Carolina
North Carolina
Provincial Congress issued the Halifax Resolves
Halifax Resolves
explicitly authorizing its delegates to vote for independence.[51] In May, Congress called on all the states to write constitutions and eliminate the last remnants of royal rule. By June, nine colonies were ready for independence; one by one, the last four fell into line: Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and New York. Richard Henry Lee
Richard Henry Lee
was instructed by the Virginia
Virginia
legislature to propose independence, and he did so on June 7, 1776. On June 11, a committee was created to draft a document explaining the justifications for separation from Britain. After securing enough votes for passage, independence was voted for on July 2. The Declaration of Independence was drafted largely by Thomas Jefferson and presented by the committee; it was unanimously adopted by the entire Congress on July 4,[52] and each of the colonies became independent and sovereign. The next step was to form a union to facilitate international relations and alliances.[53][54] The Second Continental Congress
Second Continental Congress
approved the "Articles of Confederation" for ratification by the states on November 15, 1777; the Congress immediately began operating under the Articles' terms, providing a structure of shared sovereignty during prosecution of the war and facilitating international relations and alliances with France and Spain. The articles were ratified on March 1, 1781. At that point, the Continental Congress
Continental Congress
was dissolved and a new government of the United States
United States
in Congress Assembled took its place on the following day, with Samuel Huntington as presiding officer.[55][56] Defending the Revolution Main article: American Revolutionary War British return: 1776–1777 Further information: New York and New Jersey
New Jersey
campaign, Staten Island Peace Conference, Saratoga campaign, and Philadelphia campaign According to British historian Jeremy Black, the British had significant advantages, including a highly trained army, the world's largest navy, and a highly efficient system of public finance that could easily fund the war. However, the British were seriously handicapped by their misunderstanding of the depth of support for the Patriot position. Ignoring the advice of General Gage, they misinterpreted the situation as merely a large-scale riot. London decided that they could overawe the Americans
Americans
by sending a large military and naval force, forcing them to be loyal again:

Convinced that the Revolution
Revolution
was the work of a full few miscreants who had rallied an armed rabble to their cause, they expected that the revolutionaries would be intimidated…. Then the vast majority of Americans, who were loyal but cowed by the terroristic tactics… would rise up, kick out the rebels, and restore loyal government in each colony.[57]

Washington
Washington
forced the British out of Boston
Boston
in the spring of 1776, and neither the British nor the Loyalists
Loyalists
controlled any significant areas. The British, however, were massing forces at their naval base at Halifax, Nova Scotia. They returned in force in July 1776, landing in New York and defeating Washington's Continental Army
Continental Army
in August at the Battle of Brooklyn. Following that victory, the British requested a meeting with representatives from Congress to negotiate an end to hostilities.[58][59] A delegation including John Adams
John Adams
and Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
met Howe on Staten Island
Staten Island
in New York Harbor on September 11, in what became known as the Staten Island
Staten Island
Peace Conference. Howe demanded a retraction of the Declaration of Independence, which was refused, and negotiations ended. The British then quickly seized New York City
New York City
and nearly captured Washington's army. They made New York their main political and military base of operations in North America, holding it until November 1783. The city became the destination for Loyalist refugees and a focal point of Washington's intelligence network.[58][59] The British also took New Jersey, pushing the Continental Army
Continental Army
into Pennsylvania. Washington
Washington
crossed the Delaware
Delaware
River back into New Jersey in a surprise attack in late December 1776 and defeated Hessian and British armies at Trenton and Princeton, thereby regaining control of most of New Jersey. The victories gave an important boost to Patriots at a time when morale was flagging, and have become iconic events of the war. In 1777, the British sent Burgoyne's invasion force from Canada south to New York to seal off New England. Their aim was to neutralize the Yankees, whom the British perceived as the primary source of agitators. The British army in New York City
New York City
went to Philadelphia in a major case of mis-coordination, capturing it from Washington. The invasion army under Burgoyne was much too slow and became trapped in northern New York state. It surrendered after the Battles of Saratoga in October 1777. From early October 1777 until November 15, a siege distracted British troops at Fort Mifflin, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and allowed Washington
Washington
time to preserve the Continental Army
Continental Army
by safely leading his troops to harsh winter quarters at Valley Forge. Prisoners Main article: Prisoners of war
Prisoners of war
in the American Revolutionary War In August 1775, George III declared Americans
Americans
in arms against royal authority to be traitors to the Crown. Following their surrender at the Battles of Saratoga
Battles of Saratoga
in October 1777, there were thousands of British and Hessian soldiers in American hands. Although Lord Germain took a hard line, the British generals on the scene never held treason trials; they treated captured enemy soldiers as prisoners of war.[60] The dilemma was that tens of thousands of Loyalists
Loyalists
were under American control and American retaliation would have been easy. The British built much of their strategy around using these Loyalists,[61] and therefore, no Americans
Americans
were put on trial for treason. The British maltreated the prisoners whom they held, resulting in more deaths to American sailors and soldiers than from combat operations.[61] At the end of the war, both sides released their surviving prisoners.[62] American alliances after 1778 Further information: France in the American Revolutionary War
American Revolutionary War
and Spain in the American Revolutionary War The capture of a British army at Saratoga encouraged the French to formally enter the war in support of Congress. Benjamin Franklin negotiated a permanent military alliance in early 1778, significantly becoming the first country to officially recognize the Declaration of Independence. On February 6, 1778, a Treaty of Amity and Commerce and a Treaty of Alliance were signed between the United States
United States
and France.[63] William Pitt spoke out in parliament urging Britain to make peace in America and to unite with America against France, while other British politicians who had previously sympathized with colonial grievances now turned against the Americans
Americans
for allying with Britain's international rival and enemy.[64] Later, Spain (in 1779) and the Dutch (1780) became allies of the French, leaving the British Empire to fight a global war alone without major allies, and requiring it to slip through a combined blockade of the Atlantic. The American theater thus became only one front in Britain's war.[65] The British were forced to withdraw troops from continental America to reinforce the valuable sugar-producing Caribbean colonies, which were more lucrative to British investors. British commander Sir Henry Clinton evacuated Philadelphia and returned to New York City. General Washington
Washington
intercepted Clinton in the Battle of Monmouth
Battle of Monmouth
Court House, the last major battle fought in the north. After an inconclusive engagement, the British successfully retreated to New York City. The northern war subsequently became a stalemate, as the focus of attention shifted to the smaller southern theater.[66]

Hessian troops hired out to the British by their German sovereigns

The British move South, 1778–1783 Further information: Southern theater of the American Revolutionary War and Naval operations in the American Revolutionary War The British strategy in America now concentrated on a campaign in the southern states. With fewer regular troops at their disposal, the British commanders saw the "southern strategy" as a more viable plan, as the south was perceived as being more strongly Loyalist, with a large population of recent immigrants as well as large numbers of slaves who might be captured or run away to join the British.[67] Beginning in late December 1778, the British captured Savannah and controlled the Georgia coastline. In 1780, they launched a fresh invasion and took Charleston, as well. A significant victory at the Battle of Camden
Battle of Camden
meant that royal forces soon controlled most of Georgia and South Carolina. The British set up a network of forts inland, hoping that the Loyalists
Loyalists
would rally to the flag.[68] Not enough Loyalists
Loyalists
turned out, however, and the British had to fight their way north into North Carolina
North Carolina
and Virginia, with a severely weakened army. Behind them, much of the territory that they had already captured dissolved into a chaotic guerrilla war, fought predominantly between bands of Loyalist and American militia, which negated many of the gains that the British had previously made.[68] Surrender at Yorktown (1781) Main article: Siege of Yorktown

The siege of Yorktown ended with the surrender of a second British army, marking effective British defeat.

The British army under Cornwallis marched to Yorktown, Virginia
Yorktown, Virginia
where they expected to be rescued by a British fleet.[69] The fleet showed up, but so did a larger French fleet, so the British fleet returned to New York for reinforcements after the Battle of the Chesapeake, leaving Cornwallis trapped. In October 1781, the British surrendered their second invading army of the war, under a siege by the combined French and Continental armies commanded by Washington.[70] The end of the war Historians continue to debate whether the odds for American victory were long or short. John E. Ferling
John E. Ferling
says that the odds were so long that the American victory was "almost a miracle".[71] On the other hand, Joseph Ellis
Joseph Ellis
says that the odds favored the Americans, and asks whether there ever was any realistic chance for the British to win. He argues that this opportunity came only once, in the summer of 1776, and the British failed that test. Admiral Howe and his brother General Howe "missed several opportunities to destroy the Continental Army.... Chance, luck, and even the vagaries of the weather played crucial roles." Ellis's point is that the strategic and tactical decisions of the Howes were fatally flawed because they underestimated the challenges posed by the Patriots. Ellis concludes that, once the Howe brothers failed, the opportunity for a British victory "would never come again."[72] Support for the conflict had never been strong in Britain, where many sympathized with the Americans, but now it reached a new low.[73] King George III personally wanted to fight on, but his supporters lost control of Parliament and no further major land offensives were launched in the American Theater.[66][74] It would be three decades until war resumed again with the War of 1812, which firmly established the permanence of the United States.[75] Washington
Washington
could not know that the British would not reopen hostilities after Yorktown. They still had 26,000 troops occupying New York City, Charleston, and Savannah, together with a powerful fleet. The French army and navy departed, so the Americans
Americans
were on their own in 1782–83.[76] The treasury was empty, and the unpaid soldiers were growing restive, almost to the point of mutiny or possible coup d'état. The unrest among officers of the Newburgh Conspiracy
Newburgh Conspiracy
was personally dispelled by Washington
Washington
in 1783, and Congress subsequently created the promise of a five years bonus for all officers.[77] Peace treaty Main article: Treaty of Paris (1783) During negotiations in Paris, the American delegation discovered that France would support independence, but no territorial gains. The new nation would be confined to the area east of the Appalachian Mountains. The American delegation opened direct secret negotiations with London, cutting the French out. British Prime Minister Lord Shelburne was in full charge of the British negotiations. He now saw a chance to make the United States
United States
a valuable economic partner.[78] The US obtained all the land east of the Mississippi River, south of Canada, and north of Florida. It gained fishing rights off Canadian coasts, and agreed to allow British merchants and Loyalists
Loyalists
to try to recover their property. It was a highly favorable treaty for the United States, and deliberately so from the British point of view. Prime Minister Shelburne foresaw highly profitable two-way trade between Britain and the rapidly growing United States, as indeed came to pass. Since the blockade was lifted and the old imperial restrictions were gone, American merchants were free to trade with any nation anywhere in the world, and their businesses flourished.[79] The British largely abandoned the Indian allies living in the new nation. They were not a party to this treaty and did not recognize it until they were defeated militarily by the United States. However, the British did promise to support the Indians. They sold them munitions and maintained forts in American territory until the Jay Treaty
Jay Treaty
of 1795.[80] Impact on Britain Losing the war and the 13 colonies was a shock to Britain. The war revealed the limitations of Britain's fiscal-military state when they discovered that they suddenly faced powerful enemies with no allies, and they were dependent on extended and vulnerable transatlantic lines of communication. The defeat heightened dissension and escalated political antagonism to the King's ministers. Inside parliament, the primary concern changed from fears of an over-mighty monarch to the issues of representation, parliamentary reform, and government retrenchment. Reformers sought to destroy what they saw as widespread institutional corruption.[81][82] The result was a powerful crisis from 1776 to 1783. The peace in 1783 left France financially prostrate, while the British economy boomed thanks to the return of American business. The crisis ended after 1784 thanks to the King's shrewdness in outwitting Charles James Fox
Charles James Fox
(the leader of the Fox-North Coalition), and renewed confidence in the system engendered by the leadership of the new Prime Minister William Pitt. Historians conclude that loss of the American colonies enabled Britain to deal with the French Revolution
Revolution
with more unity and better organization than would otherwise have been the case.[81][82] Britain turned towards Asia, the Pacific and later Africa with subsequent exploration leading to the rise of the Second British Empire.[83] Finance Britain's war against the Americans, French, and Spanish cost about £100 million. The Treasury borrowed 40% of the money that it needed.[84] Heavy spending brought France to the verge of bankruptcy and revolution, while the British had relatively little difficulty financing their war, keeping their suppliers and soldiers paid, and hiring tens of thousands of German soldiers.[85] Britain had a sophisticated financial system based on the wealth of thousands of landowners, who supported the government, together with banks and financiers in London. The British tax system collected about 12 percent of the GDP in taxes during the 1770s.[85] In sharp contrast, Congress and the American states had no end of difficulty financing the war.[86] In 1775, there was at most 12 million dollars in gold in the colonies, not nearly enough to cover current transactions, let alone finance a major war. The British made the situation much worse by imposing a tight blockade on every American port, which cut off almost all imports and exports. One partial solution was to rely on volunteer support from militiamen and donations from patriotic citizens.[87][88] Another was to delay actual payments, pay soldiers and suppliers in depreciated currency, and promise that it would be made good after the war. Indeed, the soldiers and officers were given land grants in 1783 to cover the wages that they had earned but had not been paid during the war. Not until 1781 did the national government have a strong leader in financial matters, when Robert Morris was named Superintendent of Finance of the United States.[87] Morris used a French loan in 1782 to set up the private Bank of North America to finance the war. Seeking greater efficiency, Morris reduced the civil list, saved money by using competitive bidding for contracts, tightened accounting procedures, and demanded the national government's full share of money and supplies from the confederated states.[87] Congress used four main methods to cover the cost of the war, which cost about 66 million dollars in specie (gold and silver).[89] Congress made two issues of paper money—in 1775–1780 and in 1780–81. The first issue amounted to 242 million dollars. This paper money would supposedly be redeemed for state taxes, but the holders were eventually paid off in 1791 at the rate of one cent on the dollar. By 1780, the paper money was "not worth a Continental", as people said.[90] The skyrocketing inflation was a hardship on the few people who had fixed incomes—but 90 percent of the people were farmers, and were not directly affected by that inflation. Debtors benefited by paying off their debts with depreciated paper. The greatest burden was borne by the soldiers of the Continental Army, whose wages were usually in arrears and declined in value every month, weakening their morale and adding to the hardships of their families.[91] Beginning in 1777, Congress repeatedly asked the states to provide money. But the states had no system of taxation either, and were little help. By 1780, Congress was making requisitions for specific supplies of corn, beef, pork, and other necessities—an inefficient system that kept the army barely alive.[92][93] Starting in 1776, the Congress sought to raise money by loans from wealthy individuals, promising to redeem the bonds after the war. The bonds were in fact redeemed in 1791 at face value, but the scheme raised little money because Americans
Americans
had little specie, and many of the rich merchants were supporters of the Crown. Starting in 1776, the French secretly supplied the Americans
Americans
with money, gunpowder, and munitions in order to weaken its arch enemy Great Britain. When France officially entered the war in 1778, the subsidies continued, and the French government, as well as bankers in Paris and Amsterdam, lent large sums to the American war effort. These loans were repaid in full in the 1790s.[94] Concluding the Revolution Main articles: Philadelphia Convention
Philadelphia Convention
and United States
United States
Bill of Rights See also: Annapolis Convention (1786) and The Federalist Papers Creating a "more perfect union" and guaranteeing rights See also: Federalist Party, Annapolis Convention (1786), and United States Bill of Rights The war finally ended in 1783 and was followed by a period of prosperity. The national government was still operating under the Articles of Confederation
Articles of Confederation
and was able to settle the issue of the western territories, which were ceded by the states to Congress. American settlers moved rapidly into those areas, with Vermont, Kentucky, and Tennessee becoming states in the 1790s.[95] However, the national government had no money to pay either the war debts owed to European nations and the private banks, or to pay Americans
Americans
who had been given millions of dollars of promissory notes for supplies during the war. Nationalists led by Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and other veterans feared that the new nation was too fragile to withstand an international war, or even internal revolts such as the Shays' Rebellion
Rebellion
of 1786 in Massachusetts. Calling themselves "Federalists," the nationalists convinced Congress to call the Philadelphia Convention
Philadelphia Convention
in 1787.[96] It adopted a new Constitution that provided for a much stronger federal government, including an effective executive in a check-and-balance system with the judiciary and legislature.[97] The Constitution was ratified in 1788, after a fierce debate in the states over the nature of the proposed new government. The new government under President George Washington
Washington
took office in New York in March 1789.[98] Amendments to the Constitution were spearheaded in Congress by James Madison
James Madison
as assurances to those who were cautious about federal power, guaranteeing many of the inalienable rights that formed a foundation for the revolution. The amendments were ratified by the states in 1791. National debt Further information: United States
United States
public debt and Alexander Hamilton The national debt fell into three categories after the American Revolution. The first was the $12 million owed to foreigners, mostly money borrowed from France. There was general agreement to pay the foreign debts at full value. The national government owed $40 million and state governments owed $25 million to Americans
Americans
who had sold food, horses, and supplies to the revolutionary forces. There were also other debts that consisted of promissory notes issued during the Revolutionary War to soldiers, merchants, and farmers who accepted these payments on the premise that the new Constitution would create a government that would pay these debts eventually. The war expenses of the individual states added up to $114 million compared to $37 million by the central government.[99] In 1790, Congress combined the remaining state debts with the foreign and domestic debts into one national debt totaling $80 million at the recommendation of first Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton. Everyone received face value for wartime certificates, so that the national honor would be sustained and the national credit established.[100] Ideology and factions The population of the 13 Colonies was not homogeneous in their political views and attitudes. Loyalties and allegiances varied widely within regions and communities and even within families, and sometimes shifted during the course of the Revolution. Ideology behind the Revolution Main articles: Age of Enlightenment, American Enlightenment, Liberalism
Liberalism
in the United States, and Republicanism
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in the United States The American Enlightenment
American Enlightenment
was a critical precursor of the American Revolution. Chief among the ideas of the American Enlightenment
American Enlightenment
were the concepts of Natural Law, Natural Rights, Consent of the Governed, Individualism, Property Rights, Self-Ownership, Self-Determination, liberalism, republicanism and fear of corruption. Collectively, the acceptance of these concepts by a growing number of American colonists began to foster an intellectual environment which would lead to a new sense of political and social identity.[101] Liberalism Main article: Liberalism
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A central motivating force behind the overthrow of monarchy and aristocracy was the American embrace of a political ideology called "republicanism",[citation needed] which was dominant in the colonies by 1775 but of minor importance back in Great Britain.[citation needed] The republicanism was inspired by the "country party" in Great Britain, whose critique of British government emphasized that corruption was a terrible reality in Great Britain.[109] Americans feared that the corruption was crossing the Atlantic; the commitment of most Americans
Americans
to republican values and to their rights energized the revolution, as Britain was increasingly seen as hopelessly corrupt and hostile to American interests. Britain seemed to threaten the established liberties that Americans
Americans
enjoyed.[110] The greatest threat to liberty was depicted as corruption—not just in London but at home, as well. The colonists associated it with luxury, and especially with inherited aristocracy, which they condemned.[111] The Founding Fathers were strong advocates of republican values, particularly Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, George Washington, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton,[112] which required men to put civic duty ahead of their personal desires. Men had a civic duty to be prepared and willing to fight for the rights and liberties of their countrymen. John Adams
John Adams
wrote to Mercy Otis Warren
Mercy Otis Warren
in 1776, agreeing with some classical Greek and Roman thinkers in that "Public Virtue cannot exist without private, and public Virtue is the only Foundation of Republics." He continued:

There must be a positive Passion for the public good, the public Interest, Honour, Power, and Glory, established in the Minds of the People, or there can be no Republican Government, nor any real Liberty. And this public Passion must be Superior to all private Passions. Men must be ready, they must pride themselves, and be happy to sacrifice their private Pleasures, Passions, and Interests, nay their private Friendships and dearest connections, when they Stand in Competition with the Rights of society.[113]

For women, "republican motherhood" became the ideal, exemplified by Abigail Adams
Abigail Adams
and Mercy Otis Warren; the first duty of the republican woman was to instill republican values in her children and to avoid luxury and ostentation.[114] Fusing republicanism and liberalism

Thomas Paine's pamphlet Common Sense, published in 1776

Some republics had emerged throughout history, such as the Roman Republic
Republic
of the ancient world, but none ever existed that was based on liberal principles. Thomas Paine's pamphlet Common Sense appeared in January 1776, after the Revolution
Revolution
had started. It was widely distributed and loaned, and often read aloud in taverns, contributing significantly to spreading the ideas of republicanism and liberalism together, bolstering enthusiasm for separation from Great Britain, and encouraging recruitment for the Continental Army.[115] Paine provided a new and widely accepted argument for independence by advocating a complete break with history. Common Sense is oriented to the future in a way that compels the reader to make an immediate choice. It offered a solution for Americans
Americans
disgusted and alarmed at the threat of tyranny.[115] Impact of Great Awakening Main article: First Great Awakening Dissenting churches of the day (i.e., Protestant, non-Church of England) were, in the words of Patricia Bonomi, the "school of democracy."[116] President John Witherspoon
John Witherspoon
of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) wrote widely circulated sermons linking the American Revolution
Revolution
to the teachings of the Bible. Throughout the colonies, dissenting Protestant ministers (Congregationalist, Baptist, and Presbyterian) preached Revolutionary themes in their sermons, while most Church of England
Church of England
clergymen preached loyalty to the king, the titular head of the English state church.[117] Religious motivation for fighting tyranny transcended socioeconomic lines to encompass rich and poor, men and women, frontiersmen and townsmen, farmers and merchants.[116] The Declaration also referred to the "Laws of Nature and of Nature's God" as justification for the Americans' separation from the British monarchy. Most eighteenth-century Americans
Americans
believed that nature, the entire universe, was God's creation.[118] Therefore, he was "Nature's God." Everything, including man, was part of the "universal order of things", which began with God and was pervaded and directed by his providence.[119] Accordingly, the signers of the Declaration professed their "firm reliance on the Protection of divine Providence." And they appealed to "the Supreme Judge [God] for the rectitude of [their] intentions."[120] Like most of his countrymen, George Washington
George Washington
was firmly convinced that he was an instrument of providence, to the benefit of the American people and of all humanity.[121] Historian Bernard Bailyn argues that the evangelicalism of the era challenged traditional notions of natural hierarchy by preaching that the Bible teaches that all men are equal, so that the true value of a man lies in his moral behavior, not in his class.[122] Kidd argues that religious disestablishment, belief in a God as the source of human rights, and shared convictions about sin, virtue, and divine providence worked together to unite rationalists and evangelicals and thus encouraged American defiance of the Empire. Bailyn, on the other hand, denies that religion played such a critical role.[123] Alan Heimert argues that New Light antiauthoritarianism was essential to furthering democracy in colonial American society and set the stage for a confrontation with British monarchical and aristocratic rule.[124] See also: List of clergy in the American Revolution Class and psychology of the factions Looking back, John Adams
John Adams
concluded in 1818:

The Revolution
Revolution
was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people ... This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution.[125]

In terms of class, Loyalists
Loyalists
tended to have longstanding social and economic connections to British merchants and government; for instance, prominent merchants in major port cities such as New York, Boston
Boston
and Charleston tended to be Loyalists, as did men involved with the fur trade along the northern frontier.[citation needed] In addition, officials of colonial government and their staffs, those who had established positions and status to maintain, favored maintaining relations with Great Britain. They often were linked to British families in England by marriage as well.[citation needed] By contrast, Patriots by number tended to be yeomen farmers, especially in the frontier areas of New York and the backcountry of Pennsylvania, Virginia
Virginia
and down the Appalachian mountains.[citation needed] They were craftsmen and small merchants. Leaders of both the Patriots and the Loyalists
Loyalists
were men of educated, propertied classes. The Patriots included many prominent men of the planter class from Virginia
Virginia
and South Carolina, for instance, who became leaders during the Revolution, and formed the new government at the national and state levels.[citation needed] To understand the opposing groups, historians have assessed evidence of their hearts and minds. In the mid-20th century, historian Leonard Woods Labaree identified eight characteristics of the Loyalists
Loyalists
that made them essentially conservative; opposite traits to those characteristic of the Patriots.[126] Older and better established men, Loyalists
Loyalists
tended to resist innovation. They thought resistance to the Crown—which they insisted was the only legitimate government—was morally wrong, while the Patriots thought morality was on their side.[127][128] Loyalists
Loyalists
were alienated when the Patriots resorted to violence, such as burning houses and tarring and feathering. Loyalists
Loyalists
wanted to take a centrist position and resisted the Patriots' demand to declare their opposition to the Crown. Many Loyalists, especially merchants in the port cities, had maintained strong and long-standing relations with Britain (often with business and family links to other parts of the British Empire).[127][128] Many Loyalists
Loyalists
realized that independence was bound to come eventually, but they were fearful that revolution might lead to anarchy, tyranny or mob rule. In contrast, the prevailing attitude among Patriots, who made systematic efforts to use mob violence in a controlled manner, was a desire to seize the initiative.[127][128] Labaree also wrote that Loyalists
Loyalists
were pessimists who lacked the confidence in the future displayed by the Patriots.[126] Historians in the early 20th century, such as J. Franklin Jameson, examined the class composition of the Patriot cause, looking for evidence of a class war inside the revolution.[129] In the last 50 years, historians have largely abandoned that interpretation, emphasizing instead the high level of ideological unity.[130] Just as there were rich and poor Loyalists, the Patriots were a 'mixed lot', with the richer and better educated more likely to become officers in the Army.[131][132] Ideological demands always came first: the Patriots viewed independence as a means to gain freedom from British oppression and taxation and, above all, to reassert what they considered to be their rights as English subjects. Most yeomen farmers, craftsmen, and small merchants joined the Patriot cause to demand more political equality. They were especially successful in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
but less so in New England, where John Adams
John Adams
attacked Thomas Paine's Common Sense for the "absurd democratical notions" it proposed.[131][132] King George III Main article: George III of Great Britain The war became a personal issue for the king, fueled by his growing belief that British leniency would be taken as weakness by the Americans. The king also sincerely believed he was defending Britain's constitution against usurpers, rather than opposing patriots fighting for their natural rights.[133] Patriots Main article: Patriot (American Revolution) Further information: Sons of Liberty At the time, revolutionaries were called "Patriots", "Whigs", "Congress-men", or "Americans". They included a full range of social and economic classes, but were unanimous regarding the need to defend the rights of Americans
Americans
and uphold the principles of republicanism in terms of rejecting monarchy and aristocracy, while emphasizing civic virtue on the part of the citizens. Newspapers were strongholds of patriotism (although there were a few Loyalist papers), and printed many pamphlets, announcements, patriotic letters and pronouncements.[134] According to historian Robert Calhoon, the consensus of historians is that 40–45% of the white population in the Thirteen Colonies supported the Patriots' cause, 15–20% supported the Loyalists, and the remainder were neutral or kept a low profile.[135] Mark Lender explores why ordinary folk became insurgents against the British even though they were unfamiliar with the ideological rationales being offered. They held very strongly a sense of "rights" that they felt the British were violating – rights that stressed local autonomy, fair dealing, and government by consent. They were highly sensitive to the issue of tyranny, which they saw manifested in the British response to the Boston
Boston
Tea Party. The arrival in Boston
Boston
of the British Army heightened their sense of violated rights, leading to rage and demands for revenge. They had faith that God was on their side.[136] Loyalists Main article: Loyalist (American Revolution)

Mobbing of a Loyalist by American Patriots in 1775–76

The consensus of scholars is that about 15–20% of the white population remained loyal to the British Crown.[137] Those who actively supported the king were known at the time as "Loyalists", "Tories", or "King's men". The Loyalists
Loyalists
never controlled territory unless the British Army occupied it. Loyalists
Loyalists
were typically older, less willing to break with old loyalties, often connected to the Church of England, and included many established merchants with strong business connections across the Empire, as well as royal officials such as Thomas Hutchinson of Boston.[138] There were 500 to 1000 black loyalists who were held as slaves by patriots, escaped to British lines and joined the British army. Most died of disease but Britain took the survivors to Canada as free men. The revolution could divide families. The most dramatic example was when William Franklin, son of Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
and royal governor of the Province of New Jersey, remained loyal to the Crown throughout the war; they never spoke again.[139] Recent immigrants who had not been fully Americanized were also inclined to support the King, such as recent Scottish settlers in the back country; among the more striking examples of this, see Flora MacDonald.[140] After the war, the great majority of the 450,000–500,000 Loyalists remained in America and resumed normal lives. Some, such as Samuel Seabury, became prominent American leaders. Estimates vary, but about 62,000 Loyalists
Loyalists
relocated to Canada, and others to Britain (7,000) or to Florida or the West Indies
West Indies
(9,000). The exiles represented approximately 2% of the total population of the colonies.[141] Nearly all black loyalists left for Nova Scotia, Florida, or England, where they could remain free.[142] When Loyalists
Loyalists
left the South in 1783, they took thousands of their slaves with them to be slaves in the British West Indies.[141] Neutrals A minority of uncertain size tried to stay neutral in the war. Most kept a low profile, but the Quakers, especially in Pennsylvania, were the most important group to speak out for neutrality. As Patriots declared independence, the Quakers, who continued to do business with the British, were attacked as supporters of British rule, "contrivers and authors of seditious publications" critical of the revolutionary cause.[143] Though the majority of Quakers attempted to remain neutral, a sizable number of Quakers in the American Revolution nevertheless participated to some degree. Role of women

Abigail Adams

Main article: Women in the American Revolution Women contributed to the American Revolution
Revolution
in many ways, and were involved on both sides. While formal Revolutionary politics did not include women, ordinary domestic behaviors became charged with political significance as Patriot women confronted a war that permeated all aspects of political, civil, and domestic life. They participated by boycotting British goods, spying on the British, following armies as they marched, washing, cooking, and tending for soldiers, delivering secret messages, and in a few cases like Deborah Samson, fighting disguised as men. Also, Mercy Otis Warren
Mercy Otis Warren
held meetings in her house and cleverly attacked Loyalists
Loyalists
with her creative plays and histories.[144] Above all, they continued the agricultural work at home to feed their families and the armies. They maintained their families during their husbands' absences and sometimes after their deaths.[145] American women were integral to the success of the boycott of British goods,[146] as the boycotted items were largely household items such as tea and cloth. Women had to return to knitting goods, and to spinning and weaving their own cloth — skills that had fallen into disuse. In 1769, the women of Boston
Boston
produced 40,000 skeins of yarn, and 180 women in Middletown, Massachusetts
Massachusetts
wove 20,522 yards (18,765 m) of cloth.[145] A crisis of political loyalties could disrupt the fabric of colonial America women's social worlds: whether a man did or did not renounce his allegiance to the King could dissolve ties of class, family, and friendship, isolating women from former connections. A woman's loyalty to her husband, once a private commitment, could become a political act, especially for women in America committed to men who remained loyal to the King. Legal divorce, usually rare, was granted to Patriot women whose husbands supported the King.[147][148] Other participants Further information: Diplomacy in the American Revolutionary War France Main article: France in the American Revolutionary War In early 1776, France set up a major program of aid to the Americans, and the Spanish secretly added funds. Each country spent one million "livres tournaises" to buy munitions. A dummy corporation run by Pierre Beaumarchais
Pierre Beaumarchais
concealed their activities. American rebels obtained some munitions through the Dutch Republic
Dutch Republic
as well as French and Spanish ports in the West Indies.[149] Spain Main article: Spain in the American Revolutionary War Spain did not officially recognize the U.S. but became an informal ally when it declared war on Britain on June 21, 1779. Bernardo de Gálvez y Madrid, general of the Spanish forces in New Spain, also served as governor of Louisiana. He led an expedition of colonial troops to force the British out of Florida and keep open a vital conduit for supplies.[150] American Indians Main article: Native Americans
Americans
in the United States Further information: Western theater of the American Revolutionary War Most American Indians rejected pleas that they remain neutral and supported the British Crown, both because of trading relationships and Britain's effort to establish an Indian reserve and prohibit Colonial settlement west of the Appalachian Mountains. The great majority of the 200,000 Indians east of the Mississippi distrusted the Colonists and supported the British cause, hoping to forestall continued colonial encroachment on their territories.[151] Those tribes that were more closely involved in Colonial trade tended to side with the Colonists, although political factors were important, as well. Most Indians did not participate directly in the war, except for warriors and bands associated with four of the Iroquois
Iroquois
nations in New York and Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
which allied with the British. The British did have other allies, especially in the upper Midwest. They provided Indians with funding and weapons to attack American outposts. Some Indians tried to remain neutral, seeing little value in joining what they perceived to be a European conflict, and fearing reprisals from whichever side they opposed. The Oneida and Tuscarora among the Iroquois
Iroquois
of central and western New York supported the American cause.[152] The British provided arms to Indians who were led by Loyalists
Loyalists
in war parties to raid frontier settlements from the Carolinas to New York. They killed many settlers on the frontier, especially in Pennsylvania and New York's Mohawk Valley. In 1776, Cherokee
Cherokee
war parties attacked American Colonists all along the southern frontier of the uplands throughout the Washington District, North Carolina
North Carolina
(now Tennessee) and the Kentucky wilderness area.[153] They would launch raids with roughly 200 warriors, as seen in the Cherokee–American wars; they could not mobilize enough forces to invade Colonial areas without the help of allies, most often the Creek. The Chickamauga Cherokee
Cherokee
under Dragging Canoe allied themselves closely with the British, and fought on for an additional decade after the signing of the Treaty of Paris. Joseph Brant
Joseph Brant
of the powerful Mohawk nation, part of the Iroquois Confederacy based in New York, was the most prominent Indian leader against the Colonial forces. In 1778 and 1780, he led 300 Iroquois warriors and 100 white Loyalists
Loyalists
in multiple attacks on small frontier settlements in New York and Pennsylvania, killing many settlers and destroying villages, crops, and stores.[154] The Seneca, Onondaga, and Cayuga of the Iroquois
Iroquois
Confederacy also allied with the British against the Americans.[155] In 1779, the Colonists retaliated with an American army under John Sullivan which raided and destroyed 40 empty Iroquois
Iroquois
villages in central and western New York.[155] Sullivan's forces systematically burned the villages and destroyed about 160,000 bushels of corn that composed the winter food supply. Facing starvation and homeless for the winter, the Iroquois
Iroquois
fled to the Niagara Falls area and to Canada, mostly to what became Ontario. The British resettled them there after the war, providing land grants as compensation for some of their losses.[156] At the peace conference following the war, the British ceded lands which they did not really control, and did not consult their Indian allies. They transferred control to the United States
United States
of all the land east of the Mississippi and north of Florida. Calloway concludes:

Burned villages and crops, murdered chiefs, divided councils and civil wars, migrations, towns and forts choked with refugees, economic disruption, breaking of ancient traditions, losses in battle and to disease and hunger, betrayal to their enemies, all made the American Revolution
Revolution
one of the darkest periods in American Indian history.[157]

The British did not give up their forts in the West until 1796 in what is now the eastern Midwest, stretching from Ohio to Wisconsin; they kept alive the dream of forming a satellite Indian nation there, which they called a Neutral Indian Zone. That goal was one of the causes of the War of 1812.[158][159] Black Americans Main article: African Americans
Americans
in the Revolutionary War Free blacks in the North and South fought on both sides of the Revolution, but most fought for the Patriots. Gary Nash reports that there were about 9,000 black Patriots, counting the Continental Army and Navy, state militia units, privateers, wagoneers in the Army, servants to officers, and spies.[160] Ray Raphael notes that thousands did join the Loyalist cause, but "a far larger number, free as well as slave, tried to further their interests by siding with the patriots."[161] Crispus Attucks
Crispus Attucks
was shot dead by British soldiers in the Boston Massacre
Boston Massacre
in 1770 and is an iconic martyr to Patriots.[citation needed] Both sides offered freedom and re-settlement to slaves who were willing to fight for them, recruiting slaves whose owners supported the opposing cause.[citation needed] Many black slaves sided with the Loyalists. Tens of thousands in the South used the turmoil of war to escape, and the southern plantation economies of South Carolina
South Carolina
and Georgia especially were disrupted. During the Revolution, the British tried to turn slavery against the Americans.[162] Historian David Brion Davis explains the difficulties with a policy of wholesale arming of the slaves:

But England greatly feared the effects of any such move on its own West Indies, where Americans
Americans
had already aroused alarm over a possible threat to incite slave insurrections. The British elites also understood that an all-out attack on one form of property could easily lead to an assault on all boundaries of privilege and social order, as envisioned by radical religious sects in Britain's seventeenth-century civil wars.[163]

Davis underscored the British dilemma: "Britain, when confronted by the rebellious American colonists, hoped to exploit their fear of slave revolts while also reassuring the large number of slave-holding Loyalists
Loyalists
and wealthy Caribbean planters and merchants that their slave property would be secure".[164] The Colonists, however, accused the British of encouraging slave revolts.[165] American advocates of independence were commonly lampooned in Britain for what was termed their hypocritical calls for freedom, at the same time that many of their leaders were planters who held hundreds of slaves. Samuel Johnson
Samuel Johnson
snapped, "how is it we hear the loudest yelps for liberty among the [slave] drivers of the Negroes?"[166] Benjamin Franklin countered by criticizing the British self-congratulation about "the freeing of one Negro" (Somersett) while they continued to permit the Slave Trade.[167] Phyllis Wheatley
Phyllis Wheatley
was a black poet who popularized the image of Columbia to represent America. She came to public attention when her Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral appeared in 1773.[168] During the war, slaves escaped from New England
New England
and the mid-Atlantic area to British-occupied cities such as New York. The effects of the war were more dramatic in the South. In Virginia, royal governor Lord Dunmore recruited black men into the British forces with the promise of freedom, protection for their families, and land grants. Tens of thousands of slaves escaped to British lines throughout the South, causing dramatic losses to slaveholders and disrupting cultivation and harvesting of crops. For instance, South Carolina
South Carolina
was estimated to have lost about 25,000 slaves to flight, migration, or death—amounting to one third of its slave population. From 1770 to 1790, the black proportion of the population (mostly slaves) in South Carolina dropped from 60.5 percent to 43.8 percent, and from 45.2 percent to 36.1 percent in Georgia.[169] British forces gave transportation to 10,000 slaves when they evacuated Savannah and Charleston, carrying through on their promise.[170] They evacuated and resettled more than 3,000 Black Loyalists
Loyalists
from New York to Nova Scotia, Upper Canada, and Lower Canada. Others sailed with the British to England or were resettled as freedmen in the West Indies
West Indies
of the Caribbean. But slaves who were carried to the Caribbean under control of Loyalist masters generally remained slaves until British abolition in its colonies in 1834. More than 1,200 of the Black Loyalists
Loyalists
of Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia
later resettled in the British colony of Sierra Leone, where they became leaders of the Krio ethnic group of Freetown and the later national government. Many of their descendants still live in Sierra Leone, as well as other African countries.[171] Effects of the Revolution Loyalist expatriation Tens of thousands of Loyalists
Loyalists
left the United States--the current high estimate is 70,000 by Maya Jasanoff.[172] Some migrated to Britain. The great majority, known as United Empire Loyalists, received land and subsidies for resettlement in British colonies in North America, especially Quebec (concentrating in the Eastern Townships), Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia.[173] The new colonies of Upper Canada
Upper Canada
(now Ontario) and New Brunswick
New Brunswick
were expressly created by Britain for their benefit, where the Crown awarded land to Loyalists
Loyalists
as compensation for losses in the United States. Britain wanted to develop the frontier of Upper Canada
Upper Canada
on a British colonial model. But about 80% of the Loyalists
Loyalists
stayed in the United States
United States
and became full, loyal citizens; some of the exiles later returned to the U.S.[174] Interpretations Interpretations vary concerning the effect of the Revolution. Veterans who fought in the war referred to it as "the revolution",[175][176] although the war is sometimes known as the "American War of Independence" outside the United States, particularly in the United Kingdom. Historians such as Bernard Bailyn, Gordon Wood, and Edmund Morgan view the American Revolution
Revolution
as a unique and radical event that produced deep changes and had a profound effect on world affairs, such as an increasing belief in the principles of the Enlightenment. These were demonstrated by a leadership and government that espoused protection of natural rights, and a system of laws chosen by the people.[177] John Murrin, by contrast, argues that the definition of "the people" at that time was mostly restricted to free men who were able to pass a property-qualification.[178][179] This view argues that any significant gain of the revolution was irrelevant in the short term to women, black Americans
Americans
and slaves, poor white men, youth, and American Indians.[180][181] Morgan has argued that, in terms of long-term impact on American society and values:

The Revolution
Revolution
did revolutionize social relations. It did displace the deference, the patronage, the social divisions that had determined the way people viewed one another for centuries and still view one another in much of the world. It did give to ordinary people a pride and power, not to say an arrogance, that have continued to shock visitors from less favored lands. It may have left standing a host of inequalities that have troubled us ever since. But it generated the egalitarian view of human society that makes them troubling and makes our world so different from the own in which the revolutionists had grown up.[182]

Inspiring all colonies Further information: Atlantic Revolutions After the Revolution, genuinely democratic politics became possible in the former colonies.[183] The rights of the people were incorporated into state constitutions. Concepts of liberty, individual rights, equality among men and hostility toward corruption became incorporated as core values of liberal republicanism. The greatest challenge to the old order in Europe was the challenge to inherited political power and the democratic idea that government rests on the consent of the governed. The example of the first successful revolution against a European empire, and the first successful establishment of a republican form of democratically elected government, provided a model for many other colonial peoples who realized that they too could break away and become self-governing nations with directly elected representative government.[184] The Dutch Republic, also at war with Britain, was the next country to sign a treaty with the United States, on October 8, 1782.[63] On April 3, 1783, Ambassador Extraordinary Gustaf Philip Creutz, representing King Gustav III of Sweden, and Benjamin Franklin, signed a Treaty of Amity and Commerce with the U.S.[63] The American Revolution
Revolution
was the first wave of the Atlantic Revolutions: the French Revolution, the Haitian Revolution, and the Latin American wars of independence. Aftershocks reached Ireland in the Irish Rebellion
Rebellion
of 1798, in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, and in the Netherlands.[185][186] The Revolution
Revolution
had a strong, immediate influence in Great Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, and France. Many British and Irish Whigs spoke in favor of the American cause. In Ireland, there was a profound impact; the Protestants who controlled Ireland were demanding more and more self-rule. Under the leadership of Henry Grattan, the so-called "Patriots" forced the reversal of mercantilist prohibitions against trade with other British colonies. The King and his cabinet in London could not risk another rebellion on the American model, and made a series of concessions to the Patriot faction in Dublin. Armed Protestant volunteer units were set up to protect against an invasion from France. As in America, so too in Ireland the King no longer had a monopoly of lethal force.[187] The Revolution, along with the Dutch Revolt
Dutch Revolt
(end of the 16th century) and the 17th century English Civil War, was among the examples of overthrowing an old regime for many Europeans who later were active during the era of the French Revolution, such as Marquis de Lafayette. The American Declaration of Independence influenced the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen
Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen
of 1789.[188][189] The spirit of the Declaration of Independence led to laws ending slavery in all the Northern states and the Northwest Territory, with New Jersey
New Jersey
the last in 1804. States such as New Jersey
New Jersey
and New York adopted gradual emancipation, which kept some people as slaves for more than two decades longer.[190] Status of American women The democratic ideals of the Revolution
Revolution
inspired changes in the roles of women.[191] The concept of republican motherhood was inspired by this period and reflects the importance of Republicanism
Republicanism
as the dominant American ideology. It assumed that a successful republic rested upon the virtue of its citizens. Women were considered to have the essential role of instilling their children with values conducive to a healthy republic. During this period, the wife's relationship with her husband also became more liberal, as love and affection instead of obedience and subservience began to characterize the ideal marital relationship. In addition, many women contributed to the war effort through fundraising and running family businesses in the absence of husbands. The traditional constraints gave way to more liberal conditions for women. Patriarchy faded as an ideal; young people had more freedom to choose their spouses and more often used birth control to regulate the size of their families. Society emphasized the role of mothers in child rearing, especially the patriotic goal of raising republican children rather than those locked into aristocratic value systems. There was more permissiveness in child-rearing. Patriot women married to Loyalists
Loyalists
who left the state could get a divorce and obtain control of the ex-husband's property.[192] Whatever gains they had made, however, women still found themselves subordinated, legally and socially, to their husbands, disfranchised and usually with only the role of mother open to them. But, some women earned livelihoods as midwives and in other roles in the community, which were not originally recognized as significant by men. Abigail Adams
Abigail Adams
expressed to her husband, the president, the desire of women to have a place in the new republic:

I desire you would remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands.[193]

The Revolution
Revolution
sparked a discussion on the rights of woman and an environment favorable to women's participation in politics. Briefly the possibilities for women's rights were highly favorable, but a backlash led to a greater rigidity that excluded women from politics.[194] For more than thirty years, however, the 1776 New Jersey
New Jersey
State Constitution gave the vote to "all inhabitants" who had a certain level of wealth, including unmarried women and blacks (not married women because they could not own property separately from their husbands), until in 1807, when that state legislature passed a bill interpreting the constitution to mean universal white male suffrage, excluding paupers.[195] Status of African Americans In the first two decades after the American Revolution, state legislatures and individuals took actions to free numerous slaves, in part based on revolutionary ideals. Northern states passed new constitutions that contained language about equal rights or specifically abolished slavery; some states, such as New York and New Jersey, where slavery was more widespread, passed laws by the end of the 18th century to abolish slavery by a gradual method; in New York, the last slaves were freed in 1827. While no southern state abolished slavery, for a period individual owners could free their slaves by personal decision, often providing for manumission in wills but sometimes filing deeds or court papers to free individuals. Numerous slaveholders who freed their slaves cited revolutionary ideals in their documents; others freed slaves as a reward for service. Records also suggest that some slaveholders were freeing their own mixed-race children, born into slavery to slave mothers. Commemorations Main articles: Commemoration of the American Revolution
Revolution
and United States Bicentennial

United States
United States
Bicentennial, 1976

Governor's Palace, Colonial Williamsburg, a restored colonial city, Williamburg, Virginia

The American Revolution
Revolution
has a central place in the American memory[196] as the story of the nation's founding. It is covered in the schools, memorialized by a national holiday, and commemorated in innumerable monuments. Thus, Independence Day (July 4) is an annual national holiday. George Washington's estate at Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon
was one of the first national pilgrimages for tourists which attracted ten thousand visitors a year by the 1850s.[197] The Revolution
Revolution
became a matter of contention in the 1850s in the debates leading to the American Civil War
American Civil War
(1861–65) as spokesmen of both the Northern United States
United States
and the Southern United States
United States
claimed that their region was the true custodian of the legacy of 1776.[198] The United States
United States
Bicentennial in 1976 came a year after the American withdrawal from the Vietnam War. Speakers stressed the themes of renewal and rebirth based on a restoration of traditional values.[199] Today, more than 100 battlefields and historic sites of the American Revolution
Revolution
are protected and maintained by governments.[200] The National Park Service
National Park Service
alone owns and maintains more than 50 battlefield parks and sites related to the Revolution.[201] See also

Bibliography of the American Revolutionary War Timeline of the American Revolution Diplomacy in the American Revolutionary War Founding Fathers of the United States Patriot (American Revolution) Sons of Liberty List of plays and films about the American Revolution

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Further information : Bibliography of the American Revolutionary War  and  Bibliography of George Washington

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Surveys of the era

Allison, Robert. The American Revolution: A Concise History (2011) 128pp excerpt and text search Axelrod, Alan. The Real History of the American Revolution: A New Look at the Past (2009), well-illustrated popular history Bancroft, George. History of the United States
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(2010) McCullough, David. 1776 (2005). ISBN 0-7432-2671-2; popular narrative of the year 1776 Maier, Pauline. American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence (1998) excerpt and text search Nash, Gary B. The Unknown American Revolution: The Unruly Birth of Democracy
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Historiography

Breen, Timothy H. "Ideology and nationalism on the eve of the American Revolution: Revisions once more in need of revising." Journal of American History (1997): 13-39. in JSTOR Schocket, Andrew M. Fighting over the Founders: How We Remember the American Revolution
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External links

Library of Congress Guide to the American Revolution 132 historic photographs dealing with the personalities, monuments, weapons and locations of the American Revolution; these are pre-1923 and out of copyright. Pictures of the Revolutionary War: Select Audiovisual Records, National Archives and Records Administration selection of images, including a number of non-military events and portraits Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn, Revolution! explores the enormous transformations in the world's politics that took place from 1763-1815, with particular attention to three globally influential revolutions in America, France, and Haiti. Linking the attack on monarchism and aristocracy to the struggle against slavery, Revolution!shows how freedom, equality, and the sovereignty of the people became universal goals.New-York Historical Society PBS Television Series Chickasaws Conflicted by the American Revolution
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- Chickasaw.TV Smithsonian study unit on Revolutionary Money The American Revolution: Lighting Freedom's Flame, US National Park Service website Honored Places: The National Park Service
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Teacher's Guide to the American Revolution Haldimand Collection Letters regarding the war to important generals. Fully indexed "Military History of Revolution" with links to documents, maps, URLs American Independence Museum Black Loyalist
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Heritage Society Spanish and Latin American contribution to the American Revolution American Archives: Documents of the American Revolution
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Origins of the American Revolution: writings

American resolves, declarations, petitions, essays and pamphlets prior to the Declaration of Independence (July 1776)

Following the Stamp Act (1765)

Virginia Resolves
Virginia Resolves
(May 1765) Braintree Instructions (September 1765) Declaration of Rights and Grievances (October 1765) An Inquiry into the Rights of the British Colonies (1766)

Following the Townshend Acts
Townshend Acts
(1767)

Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania
Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania
(1767, 1768) Massachusetts Circular Letter
Massachusetts Circular Letter
(February 1768) Journal of Occurrences
Journal of Occurrences
(1768, 1769) Virginia Association
Virginia Association
(May 1769) Boston
Boston
Pamphlet (1772) Sheffield Declaration
Sheffield Declaration
(January 1773)

Following the Coercive Acts (1774)

Maryland

Chestertown Resolves (May 1774) Bush River Resolution (March 1775)

Massachusetts

Suffolk Resolves
Suffolk Resolves
(September 1774)

New York

Orangetown Resolutions (July 1774) A Full Vindication of the Measures of Congress (December 1774) The Farmer Refuted (February 1775)

North Carolina

Mecklenburg Resolves
Mecklenburg Resolves
or Declaration (May 1775) Liberty
Liberty
Point Resolves (June 1775) Tryon Resolves (August 1775) Halifax Resolves
Halifax Resolves
(April 1776)

Virginia

Fairfax Resolves
Fairfax Resolves
(July 1774) Fincastle Resolutions
Fincastle Resolutions
(January 1775) Virginia Declaration of Rights
Virginia Declaration of Rights
(June 1776)

1st Continental Congress

Declaration and Resolves (October 1774) Continental Association
Continental Association
(October 1774) Petition to the King
Petition to the King
(October 1774)

2nd Continental Congress

Olive Branch Petition
Olive Branch Petition
(July 1775) Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms (July 1775) May 15 preamble (May 1776) Lee Resolution
Lee Resolution
(July 1776)

Essays and pamphlets

"Letters to the inhabitants of Canada" (1774, 1775, 1776) A Summary View of the Rights of British America
British America
(1774) Novanglus
Novanglus
(1775) Common Sense (January 1776) Thoughts on Government
Thoughts on Government
(Spring, 1776)

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British law and the American Revolution

Royal Proclamations, Acts of Parliament, and other legal issues relating to the American Revolution

Before 1763

Navigation Acts Wool Act (1699) Hat Act
Hat Act
(1732) Molasses Act
Molasses Act
(1733) Iron Act (1750)

Grenville ministry (1763–1765)

Royal Proclamation
Proclamation
of 1763 Sugar Act
Sugar Act
(1764) Currency Act
Currency Act
(1764) Quartering Act (1765) Stamp Act (1765)

Rockingham ministry (1765–1766)

Repeal Act (March 1766) Declaratory Act
Declaratory Act
(March 1766) Revenue Act (June 1766)

Chatham and Grafton ministries (1766–1770)

Townshend Acts
Townshend Acts
(1767)

North ministry (1770–1782)

Repeal Act (1770) Tea Act
Tea Act
(1773) Coercive Acts (1774) Conciliatory Resolution (February 1775) Restraining Acts (March & April 1775) Proclamation
Proclamation
of Rebellion
Rebellion
(August 1775) Prohibitory Act (December 1775) Taxation of Colonies Act (1778)

Other legal issues

Rights of Englishmen Writ of assistance Admiralty courts Parson's Cause
Parson's Cause
(1763) Taxation without representation

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Constitution

Preamble & Articles

Preamble I II III IV V VI VII

Amendments

Ratified

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27

Pending

Congressional Apportionment Titles of Nobility Corwin (State Domestic Institutions) Child Labor

Unsuccessful

Equal Rights District of Columbia Voting Rights

See also

List of Constitutional Amendments Bill of Rights (Amendments 1–10) Reconstruction Amendments
Reconstruction Amendments
(Amendments 13–15) Amendment proposals in Congress Conventions to propose amendments State ratifying conventions

Formation

History Articles of Confederation Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon
Conference Annapolis Convention Philadelphia Convention

Virginia
Virginia
Plan New Jersey
New Jersey
Plan Connecticut
Connecticut
Compromise Three-Fifths Compromise Committee of Detail Signing Independence Hall Syng inkstand

The Federalist Papers Anti-Federalist Papers Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Compromise Virginia
Virginia
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Signatories

Convention President

George Washington

New Hampshire

John Langdon Nicholas Gilman

Massachusetts

Nathaniel Gorham Rufus King

Connecticut

William Samuel Johnson Roger Sherman

New York

Alexander Hamilton

New Jersey

William Livingston David Brearley William Paterson Jonathan Dayton

Pennsylvania

Benjamin Franklin Thomas Mifflin Robert Morris George Clymer Thomas Fitzsimons Jared Ingersoll James Wilson Gouverneur Morris

Delaware

George Read Gunning Bedford Jr. John Dickinson Richard Bassett Jacob Broom

Maryland

James McHenry Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Daniel Carroll

Virginia

John Blair James Madison

North Carolina

William Blount Richard Dobbs Spaight Hugh Williamson

South Carolina

John Rutledge Charles Cotesworth Pinckney Charles Pinckney Pierce Butler

Georgia

William Few Abraham Baldwin

Convention Secretary

William Jackson

Display and legacy

National Archives

Charters of Freedom
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Rotunda

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Declaration of Independence

Primary author

Thomas Jefferson

Signatories

President of Congress

John Hancock
John Hancock
(Massachusetts)

New Hampshire

Josiah Bartlett William Whipple Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts

Samuel Adams John Adams Robert Treat Paine Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island

Stephen Hopkins William Ellery

Connecticut

Roger Sherman Samuel Huntington William Williams Oliver Wolcott

New York

William Floyd Philip Livingston Francis Lewis Lewis Morris

New Jersey

Richard Stockton John Witherspoon Francis Hopkinson John Hart Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania

Robert Morris Benjamin Rush Benjamin Franklin John Morton George Clymer James Smith George Taylor James Wilson George Ross

Delaware

George Read Caesar Rodney Thomas McKean

Maryland

Samuel Chase William Paca Thomas Stone Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia

George Wythe Richard Henry Lee Thomas Jefferson Benjamin Harrison Thomas Nelson Jr. Francis Lightfoot Lee Carter Braxton

North Carolina

William Hooper Joseph Hewes John Penn

South Carolina

Edward Rutledge Thomas Heyward Jr. Thomas Lynch Jr. Arthur Middleton

Georgia

Button Gwinett Lyman Hall George Walton

See also

Virginia
Virginia
Declaration of Rights Lee Resolution Committee of Five Document's history

signing portrait

Second Continental Congress "All men are created equal" "Life, Liberty
Liberty
and the pursuit of Happiness" "Consent of the governed" Independence Hall

Syng inkstand

American Revolution

Articles of Confederation

Signatories

Primary drafter

John Dickinson

New Hampshire

Josiah Bartlett John Wentworth Jr.

Massachusetts

John Hancock Samuel Adams Elbridge Gerry Francis Dana James Lovell Samuel Holten

Rhode Island

William Ellery Henry Marchant John Collins

Connecticut

Roger Sherman Samuel Huntington Oliver Wolcott Titus Hosmer Andrew Adams

New York

James Duane Francis Lewis William Duer Gouverneur Morris

New Jersey

John Witherspoon Nathaniel Scudder

Pennsylvania

Robert Morris Daniel Roberdeau Jonathan Bayard Smith William Clingan Joseph Reed

Delaware

Thomas McKean John Dickinson Nicholas Van Dyke

Maryland

John Hanson Daniel Carroll

Virginia

Richard Henry Lee John Banister Thomas Adams John Harvie Francis Lightfoot Lee

North Carolina

John Penn Cornelius Harnett John Williams

South Carolina

Henry Laurens William Henry Drayton John Mathews Richard Hutson Thomas Heyward Jr.

Georgia

John Walton Edward Telfair Edward Langworthy

See also

Continental Congress Congress of the Confederation American Revolution Perpetual Union

Continental Association

Signatories

President of Congress

Peyton Randolph

New Hampshire

John Sullivan Nathaniel Folsom

Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Bay

Thomas Cushing Samuel Adams John Adams Robert Treat Paine

Rhode Island

Stephen Hopkins Samuel Ward

Connecticut

Eliphalet Dyer Roger Sherman Silas Deane

New York

Isaac Low John Alsop John Jay James Duane Philip Livingston William Floyd Henry Wisner Simon Boerum

New Jersey

James Kinsey William Livingston Stephen Crane Richard Smith John De Hart

Pennsylvania

Joseph Galloway John Dickinson Charles Humphreys Thomas Mifflin Edward Biddle John Morton George Ross

The Lower Counties

Caesar Rodney Thomas McKean George Read

Maryland

Matthew Tilghman Thomas Johnson, Junr William Paca Samuel Chase

Virginia

Richard Henry Lee George Washington Patrick Henry, Junr Richard Bland Benjamin Harrison Edmund Pendleton

North Carolina

William Hooper Joseph Hewes Richard Caswell

South Carolina

Henry Middleton Thomas Lynch Christopher Gadsden John Rutledge Edward Rutledge

See also

Virginia
Virginia
Association First Continental Congress Carpenters' Hall Declaration and Resolves of the First Continental Congress

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