The American Revolutionary War
The war gradually grew from a localized conflict to a larger war with Britain on one side and the newly formed United States, France, Netherlands and Spain on the other. The result was an American victory and European recognition of the independence of the United States.
The war was the completion stage of the political American Revolution whereas the colonists had denied the rights of the Parliament of Great Britain in governing them without any representation. In 1775, revolutionaries had gained control of the thirteen colonial governments.
They set up the Second Continental Congress and formed a Continental Army. Petitions to the king to intercede with the parliament on their behalf resulted in their being declared traitors by the British and the rebellion officially began the following year.
Revolutionary War Resources
The links below represent our ever growing collection of books and source documents designed to tell the tale of the Revolutionary War without the filter of either the public education system or the media.
Articles of Association of 1774 – The Articles of Association were dated October 20, 1774 and were the foundations leading to the Declaration of Independence.
Battle of Lexington by Frank W. Coburn – Men were slain in Lexington, and in Concord; but there were many others slain in Lincoln, in Arlington, in Cambridge, and in Somerville. Nor should we forget the youngest martyr of the day, but fourteen years of age, who fell in Charlestown.
Biographical Sketches of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence by B.J. Lossing – There are lessons of deep, abiding interest, and of inestimable value, to be learned in studying the lives of the men who risked their all to secure the blessed inheritance of free institutions which we now enjoy.
Boys of 1776 by Charles Carleton Coffin – In this volume an attempt has been made to give a concise, plain, and authentic narrative of the principal battles of the Revolution as witnessed by those who took part in them.
Declaration of Independence: A Study on the History of Political Ideas by Carl L. Becker – Carl L. Becker’s important study is an analysis of the concepts expressed in the Declaration. His book is a lucid explanation of what the Declaration really is, what views it sets forth, where those views arose, and how they have been accepted or modified by succeeding generations.
Diary of the American Revolution – by Frank Moore– The materials found in “Diary of the American Revolution” are taken from Whig and Tory newspapers, published during the American Revolution, private diaries, and other contemporaneous writings. They present to the student of this day the same view the readers of the revolutionary period enjoyed, the manners and customs of the people, and the moral and religious, as well as political features of the time.
Eve Of The Revolution by Carl L. Becker – The Eve of The American Revolution takes a look at the events leading up to the American Revolution and explores the ideas of Natural Rights versus the divine right of Kings
Founding Plays by Catherine McGrew Jaime – These two plays can be read aloud in a class of any size, or read silently by one or more students. If you have fewer students than the “characters” shown here – simply combine parts as needed.
History of the American Revolution by Mercy Otis Warren – This work is an exciting and comprehensive study of the events of the American Revolution, from the Stamp Act Crisis of 1765 through the ratification of the Constitution in 1788-1789.
Letters from a Farmer In Pennsylvania by John Dickinson – Though conciliatory in tone, his Letters from A Farmer in Pennsylvania made clear that Britain’s policies were wrong and deprived the colonies of their lawful rights. Ultimately, Letters from a Farmer urge united action on the part of the colonists.
Negroes in the American Army of the Revolution by George H. Moore – It has been estimated that at least 5,000 black soldiers fought on the patriot side during the Revolutionary War.
Orators of the American Revolution by E.L. Magoon – The following work is an attempt to present the oratorical features of the American Revolution.
Pulpit of the American Revolution” by John W. Thornton – The true alliance between Politics and Religion is the lesson inculcated in this volume of Sermons, and apparent in its title, ” The Pulpit of the Revolution.” It is the voice of the Fathers of the Republic, enforced by their example.
Rights of the Colonists by Samuel Adams– Excerpts from the result, as quoted above, were in essence utilized by the Continental Congress in 1774, in a document called the “Declaration of Rights”, and finally in 1776 in the Declaration of Independence.
Virginia Declaration of Rights, 1776 – This declaration served as a model for bills of rights in several other state constitutions