The AMERICAN Revolutionary War 1775-1783. FIRST CONTINENTAL CONGRESS Philadelphia - September, 1774. Prepare colonies for possible revolt Begin to create militias Most colonists don’t want a total split…yet Just don’t want to be taxed unfairly “No taxation w/out Representation”.
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Sends Redcoats to supress
Brits learn where John Hancock & Sam Adams are (Lexington)
Also learn where secret militia storage supply is (Concord)
700 British troops secretly set out to capture both
BUT…The Opening of the Revolt
“TWO IF BY LAND, ONE IF BY SEA”
Jump to 1860 to Philadelphia
USA on brink of Civil War
Need something to unify people
Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wants to sell a book
Writes “Midnight Ride of Paul Revere”
Becomes a hit – legend becomes truthWhy Revere so Famous???
Convinced colonists to use common sense and declare IndependenceTHOMAS PAINE MEMORIALS
& One week later…
CONTINENTAL ARMY AT VALLEY FORGE IndependenceWINTER OF 1777-1778
for promotion – becomes very bitter