American Rattlesnake cartoon, 1782

This 1782 British cartoon reflects the belief by the cartoonist that continual fighting on the part of the British was futile.

We have created questions and answers for your classroom use.

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Major Causes of the American Revolution

This chart, from our Colonial Era and American Revolution PowerPoints, identifies the major causes of the American independence movement in the colonies.

We have included the chart along with questions and answers for your students.

Check out all our resources on this era:


Simulation Games:

Image Library:

US History Image Library – Pre-20th Century

For Love of Liberty, a new PBS special

A new PBS documentary For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots, details the military contributions of African Americans.

The U.S. Army created an edited 25-minute version of the film and corresponding high school and college facilitator guides.  The materials, structured to fit a classroom timeframe, are versatile and can compliment studies in American history, civics, social studies and ROTC programs.

Two professors holding PhD’s in curriculum development created the facilitator guides.  These guides define course outcomes, general information, important facts and post viewing questions for each chapter.

The chapters of the film are divided according to wars, which allow educators the option to adapt the materials to fit specific topical discussions.  The 25-minute version can be shown in its entirety or according to appropriate content.  Either way, educators can customize the video footage to support several presentation formats.

We are lucky enough to have access to each chapter and accompanying questions for both high school and college.

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: The Revolution

Chapter 3: The Civil War

Chapter 4: WWI

Chapter 5: WWII

Chapter 6: The Korean War

Chapter 7: The Vietnam War

Chapter 8: The Middle East

Chapter 9: Conclusion

Common Sense by Thomas Paine, 1776

One of the most influential documents written in the US during the struggles with Britain, this pamphlet offers an opportunity for students to read some of the arguments made for separation.

We have included an excerpt with questions and answers.

For more on this era check out our PowerPoints:

  • Colonization to Reconstruction:
    U.S. History Review
  • Colonial Era
  • The American Revolutionary War
  • First Industrial Revolution in America: 1790-1860
  • The New Nation: Washington to John Quincy Adams
  • Simulation games:

    Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give me Death”, 1775

    We have included an excerpt along with questions and answers from his passionate speech given on the eve of the revolutionary war.

    It is short and well-suited for use as a primary source since the language is easily understandable.  This can help students feel good about reading a “real speech”.

    For more on this era check out our Colonial Era, Revolutionary War, and Early US History Review PowerPoints and our classroom ready simulation games:

    The Shot Heard Round the World

    Here is another classic SchoolHouse Rock cartoon, this time on the American Revolution.

    Fun to show students, they are great conversation starters.

    It is also fun to assign students to design their own take on this topic, what information might they add or take away from the video?

    Check out our Colonial Era and American Revolutionary War PowerPoints for more in depth explorations of this time period.

    Teaching the American Revolution with maps

    The Library of Congress American Memory has grouped resources by topic, making it easier for an educator to find what they are looking for. This post will highlight the collection of maps found on the American Revolution.

    This map shows the US in 1783:


    This map shows the action between the British and Americans in Boston at Charlestown in 1775:

    Boston in 1775

    It is possible to search by subject, geographic location, or keyword depending on what map you are needing.

    Our American Revolution PowerPoint presentation covers the major causes of the revolution as well major campaigns and battles, and the resulting peace.