American Revolution

The American Revolution: Experiences of Rebellion

In 1776, colonists in North America declared independence from Britain. But, both before and after the Declaration, independence for the United States was not a given. Amid growing dissatisfaction with British rule, members of colonial society had to decide what their future would be, how they would relate to Britain, and how much blood they would be willing to shed for their demands. Different people had different stakes and interests—freedom did not always mean the same thing to colonial patriots, loyalist Tories, enslaved Africans, or native people facing complex questions about their rights, their identities, and their futures.

The American Revolution: Experiences of Rebellion draws students into the promise and uncertainty of this era. Considering the perspectives of various stakeholders—European colonists, enslaved Africans, and native peoples—students explore the factors that led to rebellion, war, and, ultimately, the independence of the United States.

Part I: English Colonization of North America

Part III: The War of Independence—1776-1783

Lesson: Interpreting a Native Map

Lesson: Revolutionary People

Lesson: Art History and the American Revolution

Lesson: The Declaration of Independence

Featured Scholars

James Campbell photo
Brown University
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University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Brown University
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Brown University