Adams, Abigail: The wife of John Adams urged her
husband to "Remember the Ladies," else "we are determined to foment a Rebelion,
and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or
Representation." He did not follow her advice.
Adams, John: America's second president, he favored a
strong central government. This put him at odds with Thomas Jefferson, although
the two men later restored their friendship.
American Currency: The first dollars of the "United
Colonies" were issued three weeks after the Declaration of Independence was
Battles, Southern Colonies: Highlights of military
engagements in the Southern colonies
Battles, Trenton: Colonials win a much-needed victory
in late 1776 - (see fifth paragraph for pictures and a battle animation)
Benedict Arnold: Willing to betray his country for
money, his name is now synonymous with "traitor"
Boston Massacre: John Adams, the future president,
defended the accused British soldiers
British Reaction: Cartoons, and other responses, to the
colonie's Declaration of Independence
Bunker Hill: The legendary battle in which the
Americans were told not to fire until they saw the "whites" of the Redcoats'
Bushnell's Turtle: Americans plant explosives on
British ships - (see the eighth bullet)
Charleston, surrender of: Low point of war for
Americans - (see third paragraph from bottom)
Colonial Families: Divided between quest for
independence and loyalty to Britain
Colonies, Thirteen: Population density, 1775 - (click
on "thirteen colonies," last paragraph)
Constitutional Convention of 1787: Delegates debated
the proper form of government for the new country at the State House (known
today as Independence Hall) in Philadelphia.
Continental Navy: America establishes a navy
Declaration of Independence, Original: See the original
draft and the only surviving fragment
Declaration of Independence, Voting Record: See the
original voting record and the resolution to declare the colonies free of
Declaration of Independence, Where Written: See the
house where Jefferson wrote the Declaration (and the traveling desk he created
Delaware River Crossing: Famous December crossings, in
1776 - (see second-to-last paragraph)
Divinely Ordained Revolt: Belief held by many
Eighteenth-Century America: Colonial leaders believe in
consent of the governed. Because they have no representation in the British
Parliament, rebellion seems likely.
Election of 1800: An extremely contentious presidential
election, sometimes referred to as America's second revolution.
Electoral College: Created by America's founders as a
compromise between electing the president by Congress and electing the president
by popular vote.
Execution of John Andre: A British officer is condemned
as a spy
Federalist Papers: To persuade voters in New
York to ratify the new constitution, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John
Jay (writing as "Publius") published essays collectively known as The
Flag, Original: One of two revolutionary war flags
survive - (see flag from Stoney Point battle, 6th paragraph)
French Assistance: Key to American victory
George III: British king who said, "The colonies are in
open and avowed rebellion. The die is now cast. The colonies must either submit
Grand Union Flag: Colonists' flag, raised on America's
Guilford Courthouse: Turning point for Cornwallis -
(see third paragraph)