The American Revolution
Learn about the events leading up to America's Revolutionary War for independence from Britain and how the war was won.
The Declaration of Independence
Following a series of abuses from King George III, the thirteen American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain through this document.
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death Speech
The famous revolutionary speech that incited Virginia to organize a militia against British tyranny
Paul Revere's Ride
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The legendary tale of Paul Revere celebrates the story of the night that sparked the American Revolution.
To His Excellency, General Washington
An ode to the future first president, commending his achievements as general in the American Revolutionary War.
Benedict Arnold: Two Sides of a Bitter Coin
Famous for defecting from the Continental to the British Army, today, the name “Benedict Arnold” has become synonymous with treason and betrayal.
The Road to American Independence
This text recounts the major events that led the American colonies to victory in the Revolutionary War and independence from Great Britain.
Valley Forge and the American Revolution
This informational text describes the circumstances that led to American success in the Revolutionary War.
The Founding of American Democracy
This informational text explains how America’s Founding Fathers created a government, described in the Constitution, for the newly independent United States.
The Declaration of America’s Immense Offense
This new Declaration of Independence isn’t so great, according to a loyal subject of Great Britain.
A Participant’s First-Hand Account of the Boston Tea Party
A participant in the Boston Tea Party describes his role in the famous event.
This informational text discusses Alexander Hamilton’s life and contributions to the founding of the United States.
Two Famous Friends
Jean K. Potratz
Jean K. Potratz discusses the rocky friendship between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams
The Desperate Ride of Caesar Rodney
When it was time to vote on American colonies’ independence from England, delegate Caesar Rodney raced to Philadelphia to cast his vote.
The Signers of the Declaration: Historical Background
National Park Service, US Department of the Interior
Before the War for Independence, American colonists voiced their disagreement with the Crown through protests and assembly.
Mike Weinstein describes how colonists dumped tea from an English trade company into the Boston Harbor in 1773.
Just Say No!
Jennifer Barefoot discusses colonial women’s role in the American Revolution.