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Spirit of '76
Spirit of '76 painted by Archibald M. Willard in 1891
Looking for Lesson Plans?
Here are a few links with lesson plans for the American Revolution.
Downloadable lesson plans written by Tom Ladenburg for the Digital History program out of the University of Houston. The first two sections deal with the American Revolution and after.
Defiant Brides by
Call Number: B ARN RUB
Publication Date: 2013-04-23
Stuart's writes of two women Peggy Shippen Arnold and Lucy Flucker Knox and the ways in which they rebelled, both privately and publicly, in the volatile political atmosphere of the American Revolution.
A list of books about the American Revolution which have recently been added to the library. You can find these books in the New Nonfiction section on the 2nd floor to the left of the Adult Services desk.
Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor by
Call Number: 973.313 BEE
Publication Date: 2013-05-07
From Inside Cover: In Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor, acclaimed historian Richard R. Beeman examines the grueling twenty-two month period between the meeting of the Continental Congress on September 5, 1774, and the audacious decision for independence in July of 1776. As late as 1774, American independence was hardly ievitable - indeed, most Americans found it neither desirable nor liekly. When delegates from the thirteen colonies gathered in September, they were, in the words of John Adams, "a gathering of strangers," Yet over the next two years, military, political, and diplomatic events catalyzed a change of unprecedented magnitude: the colonists' rejection of their British identities in favor of American ones.
Revolutionary Summer by
Call Number: 973.3 ELL
Publication Date: 2013-06-04
From Inside Cover: The summer months of 1776 witnessed the most consequential events in the story of our country's founding. While the thirteen colonies came together and agreed to secede from the British Empire, the British were dispatching the largest armada ever to cross the Atlantic to crush the rebellion in the cradle.
George Washington by
Call Number: 973.3341 LEV
Publication Date: 2013-06-04
From Inside Cover: Jack E. Levin now illuminates a profound turning point in the American Revolution: the decisive Battle of Trenton and its prelude - General George Washington leading his broken and ailing trrops in a fleet of small wooden boats across the ice-encased Delaware River.
American Spring by
Call Number: 973.331 BOR
Publication Date: 2014-05-06
A Little Background
When the French and Indian War ended in 1763, Great Britain found itself with a large debt. In order to pay that off, it levied taxes on its colonies. Including the 13 colonies of America. Tensions between colonists and Great Britain grew eventually resulting in the Boston Massacre in 1770. Tensions and taxes continued growing. Finally the colonists refused to pay the taxes on the Townshend Act (1767) saying they had no representation in parliament and therefore shouldn't be forced to pay. Parliament responded by repealing the Townshend Act and leaving a duty on tea. Angered, a group of colonists went down to Boston harbor and began dumping the tea on the British ships. This act is what sparked the revolution. The first battle of the revolution was at Lexington and Concord. The first shot there is also known as the "shot heard round the world." George Washington would become the leader of the Continental Army and lead America to victory. The last battle of the revolution was at Yorktown where Cornwallis surrendered to Washington. During the battles of the revolution the First Continental congress met and created the Articles of Confederation (1777). Those would stay in place until 1789 when the Second Continental Congress created the Constitution.
Maybe you've used our DMZ, Axis 360, and Freading resources to look for Fiction but have you ever used them for Non-Fiction? Here is a list of E-books available for download that cover the American Revolution. You may notice that some of these books are also in the library's print collection so if the book you want is checked out, you can always look for it online. The books are separated by the program used to download them. If you've never used our digital downloads before you can find instructions here. *The books here only represent a sampling of titles available through the library's digital collection.
Digital Media Zone(DMZ): dmz.hmcpl.org
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