American Revolution Exhibit

Based on the Anatomy of a Revolution

Created by: Margarita Zvereva, Whitney Larsen, Pranav Govindaraju

Symptoms

A teapot made in response to taxation by the British

Anger towards British rule spurred blatant symbols of hatred towards the enforced taxation. Among various objects such as the teapot, the colonies started boycotts and organizations against Britain.

The Signing of Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776

This was the first formal document written towards Britain that talked of the colonies' freedom. The colonies wanted independence from unfair rule, thus being a symptom of the future conflict to come.

The Declaration of Independence

Common Sense by Thomas Paine, a series of political pamphlets that talked about the independence of the colonies from British rule. This was a symptom as it reflected American tension towards British power.

Fever

Boston Tea Party, drawn by Nathaniel Currier in 1846

The Boston Tea Party reflected one of the first major acts of violence towards Britain, when the colonists dumped British tea overboard. Since Britain held a monopoly on tea in the colonies at the time, British economy dropped, ultimately spurring the war. This was part of the fever of the revolution as the violent act was one of the steps to bring down the former ruler.

A Continental Army uniform, worn during the Revolutionary War

The Revolutionary War managed to bring down British rule over the colonies, thus establishing independence and freedom. This was a part of the fever as it was the culmination of American efforts toward freedom.

Crisis

The Articles of Confederation, ratified on March 1, 1781

This was the first attempt at governmental control over the former colonies, now unified as a nation. With many fearing the government would become another British Parliament, the government held little power, thus leaving the country in debt and in disunity. Ultimately, they failed. It is a part of the crisis as it was the first step towards stability, that fell through.

A painting of Shay's Rebellion, artist unknown.

Shay's Rebellion reflected the dissent felt towards the Articles of Confederation, where a group of farmers revolted against the new government. Harsh government policies and new economic debt caused these farmers to attempt to overthrow the new nation; while they failed, they spurred the writing of the Constitution, which became the basis of modern American government. This is part of the crisis as the people were dissatisfied with the new government.

Convalescence

The Constitution, created September 17, 1787

The Constitution was a new attempt at unifying and strengthening the nation once the Articles of Confederation had failed. This is a part of the convalescence, as the country was beginning to stabilize and reach the same point of control it held before Britain began its taxation. While life remained same, the ideas that were fostered in this revolution became the basis of modern American society.

George Washington's Bust, president of the United States

George Washington was the first president of the United States. He became a symbol of freedom and peace within this new nation, that had experienced turmoil throughout the past several decades. He represents convalescence, as he aided in bringing the country to independence and freedom.

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