In this lesson, our instructor Elizabeth Turro gives an introduction on the Road to Revolution. She talks about coercive or intolerable acts, colonial response, First Continental Congress, the Declaration of the Rights and Grievances, how the rebellion spreads to the countryside and the British response. She also explains Lexington and Concord, John Lodge's view of the attack on Bunker Hill, with the burning of Charles Town, June 17, 1775 and the loyal Americans who feared mob rule. The other key points are the Second Continental Congress, the declaration of the causes and necessity of taking up arms, how the patriots mobilize and the loyalists joining British and Thomas Paine's Common Sense.
The Intolerable Acts: British Crackdown and Colonial Response
A new series of acts ended self-rule by the colonists in MA in March of 1774
First Continental Congress meets in Philly, PA in 1774 and the delegates come up with an initial plan to challenge British policies
The outbreak of war erupts in Lexington and Concord, MA; British retreated but huge losses for both sides
Second Continental Congress convenes in May 1775 w/delegates from all 13 colonies
After losing battles at Breed’s Hill & bunker Hill, they created a Continental Army headed by General George Washington
Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” had a huge influence over colonists: a pamphlet that called for independence and a republican form of government
The Road to Revolution
Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.