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Background to the American Revolution Lecture Outline

I. America's Independent Thinking

A. Geographical Considerations
B. Colonial Legislatures
C. "Salutary Neglect"
D. America Settled by People of Independent Spirit
E. Intellectual Background
1. Hobbes
2. Locke
3. Rousseau

II. Britain's Perspective
A. Mercantilism
B. French and Indian War
C. Proclamation of 1763
D. British Take Action: Paying for Protection
1. Sugar Act of 1764
2. Currency Act of 1764
3. Quartering Act of 1765
4. Stamp Act of 1765
a. Stamp Act Congress
b. Sons of Liberty
5. Townshend Acts
a. Boston Massacre
i. Crispus Attucks
ii. Committees of Correspondence
6. Tea Act of 1773
a. Boston Tea Party
7. Intolerable Acts of 1774
8. Quebec Act of 1774
III. Colonial Response
A. 1st Continental Congress (9/5-10/26/1774)
B. Lexington and Concord (April 1775)
C. 2nd Continental Congress (May 1775)
1. Washington named Commander in Chief of the Continental Army
D. Continued Fighting
1. Ticonderoga and Crown Point
2. Bunker Hill
IV. King George III Takes Action
A. King Declares Colonies Formally in Rebellion (August 1775)
B. King Hires Hessians
V. Further Events Leading to the Declaration of Independence
A. Failed Attempt to Conquer Canada
B. Battles
1. Norfolk Burned by the British
2. Evacuation of Boston by Loyalists
3. Colonists Win at Moore's Creek Bridge
4. British Fleet Defeated at Charleston Harbor
C. Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" (1776)
D. Declaration of Independence

American Revolution Index

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