American Revolutionary War

Revolutionary War

The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), also known as the War of Independence, had its origins in the objections of many American colonists to the taxes imposed by Britain. After the boycotts known as the Boston Tea Party, the colonists formed the Continental Congress, which declared independence from the King in July, 1776. War erupted soon afterwards.

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The American Revolution5 stars

Nicely organized into Battles, Important People, Historical Events, Historical Documents and a Timeline, this site has lots of concise American Revolution information for homework and school reports. Best clicks are transcripts of many primary source documents, such as George Washington's first inaugural address and Patrick Henry's famous "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech.

Mr. Nussbaum: American Revolution for Kids5 stars

Visit to learn about the battles of the American Revolution, see a timeline of the war, play word games, make your own Revolutionary War map, and scroll through some Revolutionary War flags. "The Betsy Ross flag is probably the most well-known of all revolutionary flags. Its 13 five pointed stars in the blue canton (corner box of a flag) represent the original 13 colonies. Despite the fact that many historians cast doubt on the assertion that Betsy Ross designed the flag, it has become a popular and generally accepted story."

Our American Revolution: Roads to Revolution5 stars

Created by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, this site tells the story of the American Revolution with articles, a timeline, biographies, and objects. "Between 1764 and 1775 thirteen British colonies in North America each started down their own road to revolution against the British Empire. As John Adams recalled, the colonies were so different in their government, religions, and customs, and had so little to do with each other, ‘that to unite them in the same principles in theory and the same system of action' would be an extraordinary feat."

PBS: Liberty! The Road to Revolution5 stars

"It's 1763. You're a basically happy, content colonist in North America. British and proud of it. The French and Indian War has just ended. Peace reigns on the continent. What did Great Britain create, in 1765, that put you on The Road to Revolution?" So begins the interactive game that puts you in the middle of the revolutionary action. Other fabulous clicks are Perspectives on Liberty (a clickable view of daily colonial life) and Chronicle of the Revolution.

USHistory.org: Virtual Marching Tour of the American Revolution5 stars

In late July 1777 "the largest [British] armada ever assembled in America set sail off of Sandy Hook, New Jersey. It was carrying 17,000 British soldiers and sailors in over 260 ships. The armada was headed for an attack on the capital city of Philadelphia. They underwent a distressful thirty-four day sea-trek. The voyage took its toll in lost time, seasick soldiers, and scores of dead horses. Washington's troops started in northern New Jersey and shadowed the movement of the British fleet." Starting with an excellent intro to the events that spurred the colonists to revolt, this virtual marching tour provides a battle-by-battle view of the war.

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Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

American Revolution

American Revolution Facts

American Revolution History

The Revolutionary War


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Feldman, Barbara. "Revolutionary War." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 23 Jun. 2015. Web. 2 Aug. 2015. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/revolutionary-war/ >.


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