American Revolution Essays

American Revolution Essays, Timelines & Images

Select essays, timelines and images from the list of colonial America and American Revolution-related topics below.

Events Leading to the American Revolution

  • The Road to Revolution – Explore how growing economic and political tensions between Great Britain and her American colonies led to war.
  • Road to Independence – Was every American in Favor of breaking it off with Britain? Absolutely not! Learn about the people and events that led the American colonies to fight for independence.

The American Revolution

  • Yorktown Chronicles – Explore the worlds of George Washington and Charles Cornwallis from their military beginnings through the American Revolution and its aftermath.
  • Life of a Private – During the American Revolution hardships were plentiful for Continental Army soldiers. Yet thousands of men joined. Find out why these men enlisted and learn how women and African-Americans supported the Continental Army too.
  • The_Battle_of_Great_Bridge – The first major Revolutionary War conflict in Virginia happened at Great Bridge, near Norfolk.  Find out why the American victory at Great Bridge was an important precursor to the official start of the war.
  • The French Alliance and the Winning of American Independence – Find out how alliance with the French enabled the Continental Army to prevail over the highly trained British army to win the war.
  • How the Allied Victory at Yorktown Won American Independence – The American victory at Yorktown quelled British Parliament’s desire to continue to war.  Discover how this victory led to British recognition of American independence.
  • The Role of the Militia During the Revolutionary War – Why were local groups of part-time citizen soldiers important during the American Revolution?  Explore the somewhat controversial role of the militia.
  • Tea Overboard – Was the Boston Tea Party the only rebellion of its kind?  Learn about a similar, though smaller, tea party in Yorktown, Virginia.
  • African Americans and the American Revolution – Discover the extensive role played by African Americans in the American Revolution.

After the War

  • Yorktown Chronicles – Explore the worlds of George Washington and Charles Cornwallis from their military beginnings through the American Revolution and its aftermath.

Colonial Life

  • Colonial Life – Discover what life was like for a typical family and enslaved people on a Revolutionary War era farm.


  • Yorktown Chronicles – Explore the worlds of George Washington and Charles Cornwallis from their military beginnings through the American Revolution and its aftermath.
  • People of the Revolution – Biographical essays about people who had to choose sides in the American Revolution.

A visit to The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is the perfect complement to the online resources found here. Be sure to explore our full range of hands-on history programs for groups, families and individuals and teachers.

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Between 1763 and 1775, the British attempted to exert control over the colonies. Since they had become accustomed to their mother country’s salutary neglect, Britain trying to prevent them from flourishing angered the colonists. Although the colonists were determined to separate from Britain, the American Revolution was mainly caused by British “missteps” including taxation, troop placement, and Mercantilism. The colonists did want to separate from Britain because of how unfairly they were being treated, but at heart most of them still felt a strong bond to their home land. Therefore, their resistance was a direct result of Britain’s errors. The colonists set up a Non-importation agreement in order to protest the excessive taxes the…show more content…

In 1765 the Stamp Act mandated the use of stamps on certain types of commercial and legal documents. The purpose of this tax was to raise revenue for the new military force, but the colonists did not want to pay for an army they did not ask for. The Townshend Tea Tax placed an import duty on glass, lead, paper, paint, and tea in 1767. The colonists believed Britain was trying to stifle their growth and slowly take away the freedom they had. One consequence of the tea tax was the Boston Tea Party, which resulted in a loss of profit for Britain. The colonists in America did not believe in the Virtual Representation Prime Minister Grenville claimed they had. If Britain had given the colonists representatives in Parliament it would have appeased them and a huge conflict might not have occurred. The irony was that British representatives could have easily outvoted the Colonial representatives in Parliament. Taxation without representation was one of the main issues that pushed the colonists into fighting against their Mother Country. After the French and Indian War, Britain placed troops throughout the colonies which greatly aggravated the colonists and made them suspicious of the Crown. The Quartering Act required colonists to provide housing for British troops which was uncomfortable for the colonists because they did not want Redcoats in their homes. On


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