The Birth of the United States

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Through Their Eyes: Major Causes and Events of the American Revolution (Museum of the American Revolution)
Hamilton Was Here: Rising Up in Revolutionary Philadelphia (Museum of the American Revolution)
VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP (Museum of the American Revolution)
Canada and the American Revolution  (Museum of the American Revolution)
Continental Congress  (History)
Boston Massacre (History)
Boston Tea Party  (History)
The American Revolution Was Just One Battlefront in a Huge World War  (Smithsonian)
Why The American Revolution Matters  (The American Revolution Institute)
American Revolution Facts  (American Battlefield Trust)


The Revolutionary War waged by the American colonies against Britain influenced political ideas and revolutions around the globe, as a small fledgling nation won its freedom from the greatest military force of its time. Some suggest that the American Revolution was but one battlefront in a larger world war.


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Museum of the American Revolution

Through Their Eyes: Major Causes and Events of the American Revolution

Since the Museum of the American Revolution opened its doors in 2017, more than 100,000 school children have experienced the Revolution through their flagship field trip program Through Their Eyes. The museum focuses on engaging young people in valuable lessons about how we as a nation came to be and why that matters today.  This Teacher Guide, through seven thematic units, presents suggested activities as well as supplemental resources to assist teachers in carrying out the lessons. The suggested activities in these units are modular, designed to allow teachers to pick and choose among activities.

Hamilton Was Here: Rising Up in Revolutionary Philadelphia

These materials explore Hamilton’s role in the American Revolution and in shaping a new nation – and the significant role the city of Philadelphia played as the backdrop for some of the most critical moments in Hamilton’s life. These resources were created for use by both educators and students, as part of pre or post-visit activities in the classroom or independent of a visit to the Museum, and can be modified for different age and ability levels. Included are primary source materials, historical content and suggested activities designed to examine the very many real-life decisions Hamilton had to make as a soldier and statesman. Click here for the supplemental materials.


of the Museum of the American Revolution based in Philadelphia, PA. The free virtual field trip can be used to augment a Revolutionary War or Colonial Times curriculum unit, or as part of an ELA study on fiction/historical fiction/non-fiction.

Access the Classroom Kit with questions / answers for further inquiry appropriate for grades 2-4, 4-6 and 6-8.

PRINT OUT THE FREE COLORING BOOK! Kids are home from school? The whole family is stuck at home? Add a little color to your day by coloring the Museum of the American Revolution’s collection! Coloring provides a therapeutic outlet for kids and adults alike, so shade your way to a realistic portrayal or a whole new colorful interpretation of these treasured Museum objects.

Canada and the American Revolution

There were twenty British North American colonies or provinces in 1776, so why did only thirteen of those colonies declare independence that year or confirm it by war and treaty in 1783? The revolutionaries did try to entice and coerce other colonists to reject what they called tyranny, but they found that not all of their neighbors, much less all of the colonies of the British Empire in North America, interpreted ministry or parliamentary acts negatively or were prepared to sustain a rebellion.


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Continental Congress

From 1774 to 1789, the Continental Congress served as the government of the 13 American colonies and later the United States. The Congress issued a Declaration of Rights, affirming its loyalty to the British Crown but disputing the British Parliament’s right to tax it. Delegates included a number of future luminaries, such as future presidents John Adams (1735-1826) George Washington (1732-99) and future U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice and diplomat John Jay (1745-1829).

Boston Massacre

The Boston Massacre was a deadly riot that occurred on March 5, 1770, on King Street in Boston. It began as a street brawl between American colonists and a lone British soldier, but quickly escalated to a chaotic, bloody slaughter. The conflict energized anti-British sentiment and paved the way for the American Revolution.

Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party was a political protest that occurred on December 16, 1773, at Griffin’s Wharf in Boston, Massachusetts. American colonists, frustrated and angry at Britain for imposing “taxation without representation,” dumped 342 chests of tea, imported by the British East India Company into the harbor. The event was the first major act of defiance to British rule over the colonists. It showed Great Britain that Americans wouldn’t take taxation and tyranny sitting down, and rallied American patriots across the 13 colonies to fight for independence.

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A new exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., invites Americans to recognize another world war—one that has been traditionally envisioned as a quaint and simple confrontation between a ragtag army of rebellious colonists and a king’s mighty military force of red-coated Brits. 


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The American Revolution Institute

Why The American Revolution Matters

Although we can never know the causes of the American Revolution with precision, we can see very clearly the most important consequences of the Revolution.  They are simply too large and important to miss, and so clearly related to the Revolution that they cannot be traced to any other sequence of events. Every educated American should understand and appreciate them.


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American Revolution Facts

The Revolutionary War was a war unlike any other—one of ideas and ideals, that shaped “the course of human events.” With 165 principal engagements from 1775-1783, the Revolutionary War was the catalyst for American independence.

This article provides information on the American Revolution, also known as the American War for Independence or the Revolutionary War, including commonly asked questions.


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