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The American Revolution
In 1776, a year after anti-British hostility had erupted into war, the leaders of the American Colonies declared independence, forming a country based on revolutionary republican ideals. Over the next five years, the Americans, with the aid of France, defeated British forces in the Revolutionary War, forcing Britain to recognize the sovereignty of the United States in 1783.
These Web sites provide a straightforward and comprehensive overview of the American Revolution.
The Library of Congress
recounts the American Revolution from the end of the French and Indian War in 1763 to the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783.
The History Place
provides a detailed, six-part account of the American War of Independence that covers the conflict's origins dating back to the early 18th century.
This section links to American Revolution resources that feature articles, biographies and other secondary material on the causes and events of American Revolution.
has many articles on the revolution from publications including American History magazine and Military History magazine.
features articles that examine American Revolution myths, profiles several important revolutionary figures, and addresses other topics in a series of articles.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
presents “Principles of Freedom,” a Web site that examines the period from the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the aftermath of the Constitution.
Primary sources such as letters, diaries, contemporary news stories, and government documents are essential for in-depth research into the American Revolution.
The Library of Congress’
American Memory section has many primary source collections, which include books, manuscripts, documents and journals of the Continental Congress, maps and photographs.
is a collection of rare pamphlets, letters, newspaper articles and other rare documents from 1774-6 originally assembled by 19th century printer Peter Force and published in a nine-volume set. Northern Illinois University Libraries is digitizing the collection.
The University of Michigan
has a collection of American and British spy letters. It includes stories about the letters, maps of the routes they traveled, and biographies of those who sent and received the letters.
The Haldimand Collection
features over 22,000 letters, journals, accounts and other documents written by British officers in North America.
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