American Revolution topics


The following pages contain informative but concise summaries of key American Revolution topics. All pages have been written by Alpha History authors. These pages are being rewritten and expanded in late 2015. If you would like to suggest a topic article, please contact Alpha History.


Background to revolution
The Thirteen Colonies
Colonial government
Colonial society
Native Americans
Slaves and indentured servants
French and Indian War

The end of ‘salutary neglect’
Proclamation of 1763
Sugar Act
Currency Act
Stamp Act
Quartering Act
Declaratory Act
Townshend duties
Suspension of colonial assemblies

The colonists respond
Colonial responses to the Stamp Act
The Sons of Liberty
The seizure of Liberty
Boston Massacre
Gaspee affair
Boston Tea Party
Coercive Acts
Quebec Act
First Continental Congress


The road to war
The Minutemen
Lexington and Concord
Second Continental Congress
The Olive Branch petition
Common Sense
Declaration of Independence
Revolutionary ideas

The times that try men’s souls
The impact of independence
State constitutions
The Articles of Confederation
The Continental Army
Washington the general
The American Crisis
The Battle of Trenton
The Loyalists

Winning the war
Diplomacy and alliances
Slaves & Natives during the war
The war in the southern states
The Treaty of Paris
The impacts of war
Evaluating the American victory

Winning the peace
The Newburgh conspiracy
Economic crisis in the 1780s
Shays’ Rebellion
Northwest Ordinance

The Philadelphia solution
The Philadelphia convention
Madison and Hamilton
A new constitution
Ratification debate
Federalists
Anti-Federalists
A bill of rights
Social changes


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