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Title: American Literature Revolutionary Period 1750-1850


1
American LiteratureRevolutionary Period1750-1850
  • Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant
    of rapid growth.
  • --------George Washington
  • Please prepare to take notes!!!!

2
Unit 2 will focus on
  • Breaking Free
  • people wanted to break free from old traditions
    and do things their own way

3
Setting the Scene
  • 1754 French and Indian WarFrench and British
    fight for control of Canada.
  • Many of the colonist still considered themselves
    British (not American) therefore there was a
    strong allegiance to England, not the respective
    colony.

4
The Revolution
  • The American Colonist were angry because they
    hoped that America would be a land of freedom and
    opportunity.
  • They had labored hard and endured severe weather
    and risked disease and starvation in order to
    build towns and farms.

5
The Revolution Continued
  • They had helped the British in the French and
    Indian War
  • However, that war had put the British in debt and
    to raise money, they looked to the Colonist.

6
Still the Revolution
  • The British passed a series of unpopular laws
  • --forced the Colonist to house British
    Soldiers
  • --TAXING everyday items such as newspapers,
    almanacs and legal documents.

7
And more Revolution
  • Some colonial political leaders refused to
    comply, yet Britain dissolved their power.
  • Then, in 1770, British troops fired on Boston.
    This event became known as the Boston Massacre.

8
December 16, 1773
  • Three British ships filled with chests of dried
    tea leaves lay in Boston Harbor.
  • A group of colonist furious at the faraway King
    for taxing and restricting the sale of tea,
    refused to let the ships unload

9
1773
  • That night, about 200 colonist decided to
    disguise themselves as Mohawk Indians and toss
    the tea leaves into the harbor

10
The Boston Tea Party
  • This infuriated the British king and became known
    a symbol of Colonial resistance.
  • King George III responded by passing Intolerable
    Acts of 1774, a means of punishment to the
    colonies.

11
Less than two years later
  • The Acts outraged the Colonist.
  • Shots fired in Lexington, Massachusetts signaled
    the start of the AMERICAN REVOLUTION (1775)

12
The American Revolution
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson called this The Shot Heard
    Round the World.

13
July 4, 1776
  • American Leaders justified their revolt against
    British authority in the remarkable Declaration
    of Independence
  • The colonial volunteers ultimately managed to
    defeat the British Soldiers.

14
In 1781..
  • The Second Continental Congress met to establish
    a government for the new nation.
  • At first, they created a set of laws called the
    Articles of Confederation, which proved to be
    weak for central government.

15
As a result
  • George Washington was inaugurated as the first
    President of the United States

16
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