You Say You Want a Revolution
ABC-CLIO Database: American History
Time Period: Revolutionary Era, 1754-1783
Topic: Organizing Colonial Resistance
Process: Collecting and Organizing Information
Objectives: Students will collect information from the provided readings on the events of the 1760s and 1770s to summarize the factors that led the colonists to resist against Great Britain, leading to the creation of the Declaration of Independence.
What students will discover in the sources: The "Organizing Colonial Resistance" visual and "Causes for Resistance" video provide broad overviews of the reasons for colonial resistance to British rule. These include the imposition of various taxes and restrictions on the colonists' civil rights and liberties, such as the Stamp Act and the Intolerable Acts. Paul Revere's famous illustration of the Boston Massacre, The Bloody Massacre perpetrated in King Street, offers a vivid dramatization of the event intended to rally public sentiment against the British. The iconic "Skull and crossbones stamp" parodies the requirements of the Stamp Act using symbolism and satire, reflecting the broad rejection of the law among the colonists. Together, these sources help students uncover the factors that ultimately pushed the colonists to resist, rebel, and declare independence.
"Investigate: You Say You Want a Revolution." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2019, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Support/InvestigateOverview/2225164?tab=1. Accessed 15 Oct. 2019.