Causes of the American Revolution

Today you are going to a time of unrest and revolt, filled with angry mobs carrying flaming torches. The ones who make it out alive, win.

So begins our Time Travel Field Trip to 1773. It’s unlike any history lecture, textbook or presentation you’ve ever seen. Why?

History is so often taught as a fait accompli, something where the conclusion is already known, something that happened a long time ago to other people.

This is different. Click the links to find out more.

Causes of the American Revolution focuses on:

  • Why were people already angry by the time the Tea Act was passed in 1773?
  • Using modern analogies to help students understand why legislative and tax laws so infuriated people they were willing to hang people in effigy and shoot randomly out of second-story buildings into the crowd. (I know they’ve gotten it when they gasp in outrage.)
  • The Boston Tea Party.
  • The Intolerable Acts.
  • Choose to be a Patriot, Loyalist, or Undecided.
  • Lexington and Concord.
  • Why people wrote – and some signed – the Declaration of Independence.
  • Choose if you personally want to sign the Declaration of Independence.
  • Understand all these events from multiple points of view.
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