Road to Revolution: 1763-1776

Primary Source Set

After the conclusion of the French and Indian War in 1763, relations between the American colonists and the British Crown and Parliament quickly deteriorated. By 1776, many of the colonists, and representatives of all 13 colonies, were ready to declare their independence and take up arms. This set of sources focuses on a selection of events, legislation, and perspectives from both sides during this time period. The documents, images, and artifacts help the student-historian understand the process of going from loyal subjects of the British Crown to rebels willing to risk their lives. Through this inquiry, together with other knowledge, the student should be able to understand the background of America’s Revolution and some of the factors leading to all revolutions. Students can answer the question, “Would you have revolted?”

Additional resources for research

  1. Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, HathiTrust, Digital Public Library of America.

  2. Announcement of the Boston Tea Party, December 20, 1773, The Library of Congress.

  3. A Summary of the 1765 Stamp Act, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

  4. The Coming of the American Revolution: The Boston Massacre, Massachusetts Historical Society.

  5. Liberty! Chronicle of the Revolution, PBS.

  6. Reasons for the Revolution, Colonial Williamsburg.

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