Soc Studies - US History
Time: 9 pm to 11 pm
Previous Quiz/Test Scores: NA
Next Scheduled Session: 4/13
Yesterday we covered the lead-up to the American revolution, focusing on mercantilism, the Stamp Act, the Sugar Act, the Quartering Act, the Townshend Acts including the tax on tea, boycott of British goods (and the wearing of "homespun" cloth), the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Intolerable Acts, the Quebec Act, and the First Continental Congress. This is a lot of different acts and responses from the colonists, so make sure you can keep them all straight! I would suggest making a quick timeline with British actions on one side and colonial responses on the other.
We talked about the Revolutionary War, starting with the strengths and weaknesses of each side, the beginning of the war with the battles at Lexington and Concord, German mercenaries fighting for Britain (called "Hessians"), Tomas Paine's writing Common Sense, the Declaration of Independence, Loyalists (also called Tories), American victory at Saratoga leading to France's involvement in the war, and Cornwallis's surrender at Yorktown. I forgot to mention Abigail Adams, please help me remember to discuss her role briefly on Friday.
We then discussed the Treaty of Paris in 1783, American under the Articles of Confederation, and the writing and ratification of the American Constitution. I think I will review some of the differences between the Articles of Confederation on Friday.
I'm attaching the table about the colonies (I didn't quite like the one in the book so I added some information to it). Please email me your answers to the essays from last week.
Here are two essays on the Revolutionary War to do for homework:
2009, Part B, Question 2.
2010, Part B, Question 2.
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