Running a Revolution

      The American Revolution paved the way for the way we view our country today.  It was a time when the colonists in America wanted their freedom from Great Britain. After fighting many battles the colonies won their freedom and became the country of the United States. The American Revolutionary War lasted from 1775 until 1783.

                                             American History-7th period

                                                   December 12, 2014

                                                       Ryan Farnham

#10 Stamp act - Gave a tax on anything with a stamp on it. Gave a reason for people to be angry because anything being mailed or shipped would have this extra tax money on it from stamps.

#9 Tea Act -  Gave taxes on tea crates/ anything tea related. This made people enraged because tea was a popular drink throughout the day.

#8 The Sons of Liberty -  These people were filled with patriotism and were always willing to fight for their country. They were the backbone of the new American army.

#7 Boston Massacre - Five people were killed while protesting the Revolutionary War. This event became iconic because of the deaths of innocent people.

#6 The Articles of Confederation - Shows the laws our country was to be based upon. Shows the unity of our country's citizens.

#5 Bill of Rights - Gives us our rights and freedoms. These 10 laws helps us by defending our rights that were given to us by God.

#4 The Constitution - One of the biggest papers in American history. It sets the Laws and Amendments that our country still uses today, and that is why it is so important.

#3 Boston Tea Party - Iconic for giving us an American hope that we defend our rights in our own way. This patriotism shows how loyal and amazing just throwing tea off a boat can be.

#2 The Revolutionary War - Was the war America fought against the British. Americans fought this war to stake claim to all of the land developed in the colonies. It gave shape to America and we would not be the same country without our people fighting for us in this war.

#1 The Declaration of Independence - Most important document because without this there would be no America. This document stated our rights and how we get to defend them in our own free way.


~The Sons of Liberty-1765      American leaders during the American Revolution

~Stamp Act-1765     Act putting taxes on all stamps

~Boston Massacre-1770  Iconic killing of 5 American civilians

~Committee of Correspondence-1772   Gathering of American leaders

~Tea Act-1773       Act putting taxes on all imported tea

~Boston Tea Party-1773    Rebellion against the Tea Act

~The Revolutionary War-1775   War fighting for America's freedom

~The Articles of Confederation-1777    Uniting American leaders in a document

~The Declaration of Independence-1777  Americans claiming freedom from Great Britain

~Battle of New Orleans-1780     Battle that was a turning point in the war

~The Constitution-1788    Establishing laws and Americans freedom

~Georgia Washington elected-1789     First presidential election in America

~The Bill of Rights-1789    Document giving citizens their freedoms and rights

                      George Washington

              George Washington was born on February 22, 1732, in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He was a general and the commander-in-chief of the Continental army during the Revolutionary War.  He became the first president of the United States (1789 to 1797). George Washington died on December 14, 1799, in Mount Vernon, Virginia.

              George Washington was a well known military leader and was the leader of the New Continental Army. He was known for bravery and being a honorable man. He would run into battle with his soldiers and be fighting right along side with them. His legacy will always be remembered as the first President, but some will know him as a great man and an iconic American hero. He was never cocky and stayed humble with his personality and his abilities and that is why we will remember him for being an amazing man.

                     The Boston Tea Party?

            A storage ship was bringing tea into the Boston Harbor when it was boarded by "Indians." A display of many interesting chants and uproars were happening on the ship, but the main worry about last night were the tea crates flying off the ship. There was no controlling these barbarian boarders as all British Officials were greatly outnumbered. Everyone watched as this act of treason was being displayed some were cheers and some were the speechless spectators of the event.

          What we are hearing  is that these actions are happening because of the Tea Act that was put into effect earlier this year. America's "dictator," England, was losing tons of tax dollars due to these tea crates being thrown into the harbor. This could be a switch in momentum of the war. At this point, both the Patriots and the Loyalists do not know if it is for the better or the worse, but what has occurred here is insane and will be remembered for a long time.  

                         Samuel Adams

(October 2, 1803) Samuel Adams died today in Boston. Samuel Adams was born on September 27, 1722 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the son of Samuel Adams Sr. and Mary Fifield Adams. Adams was against British taxes, he helped set up protests to the Stamp Act and played a major role in the Boston Tea Party. Adams was a second cousin to President John Adams and was also a signer of the Declaration of Independence.  Adams graduated from Harvard College in 1740 and was first married to a woman named Elizabeth Checkley, who passed away in 1757. After his first wife died, he married Elizabeth Wells in 1764.

Samuel Adams started his career as a Massachusetts Legislator from 1765 to 1774. After the state legislature, Adams had a job as a delegate to the Continental Congress, until 1781.  Adams last job was as Massachusetts' governor, from 1794 through 1797.


Potato Soup

This is a meal that a Revolution-era cook might have turned to on a day when there was no meat available in the larder.

Put in a large saucepan:
3 cups (700ml) potatoes, diced
3/4 cup (175 ml) celery, chopped
1/2 cup (125 ml) onion, chopped

Add just enough boiling water to cover, and cook until tender and most of the water is absorbed.

Heat, but do not boil:
5 cups (1200 ml) milk

Add to the cooked vegetables, along with:
5 tbsp (75 ml) butter
1 tsp (5 ml) salt
pepper to taste

Heat through, but do not boil. Serve, garnished with parsley, if you like.

              War in the South 1778-1781

The British troops were having a hard time winning in the North.  This led to the Red Coats looking at the southern colonies as a place they might win. The battle in the South was important because the British knew there were many Loyalists there. The majority of soldiers in the South were minutemen and not trained soldiers.  The British thought they could win easily.

The British won a few battles over the Americans, but were not successful in getting back control in either the South or the North. Lord Cornwallis, a British general ,was angry and upset about this.  He brought his troops further North into Virginia.  There was trap waiting there for him:  George Washington and the French Navy!

The South did such a good job defending their land.  This just shows how well-planned the flanking of the British was. Without their bravery and few wins the North may have not have been able to maintain the land we have today.

The South, as shown,  had two very important wins on the borderline of the North. These wins, in desperate times, probably gave America a swing in momentum and would eventually amount to Britain surrendering and America winning the War.

                 Revolutionary Numbers

1 oz. -  the weight of a standard musket ball

3 million - the approximate population of the United States in 1776

80,000 men- served as Continental Army soldiers at the war's peak

20% - number of colonists that stayed loyal to Great Britain

10 - age of youngest member of the Continental Army

57 - age of  oldest member of the Continental Army

$333.33 - Amount entered in George Washington's "account book" to pay a spy to go to Boston and get information about the Red Coats' plans

8,445 - Americans injured in the Revolutionary War

1775 - the year the Revolutionary War started

1783 - the year the Revolutionary War ended

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