Course Description

Understanding the American Revolution: A Comprehensive Course Overview

The American Revolutionary War stands as a pivotal chapter in global history, profoundly shaping not only the United States but also influencing global politics, diplomacy, and ideology. This cataclysmic conflict between Great Britain and its American Colonies resulted in the emergence of a new sovereign nation—altering the global landscape irrevocably. The subsequent events that folded before and after this war are foundational to grasp, given their intricate weave into the fabric of world history.

The American Revolution's monumental significance lies in its ushering in of the United States of America, which would, over time, mature into an unrivaled global superpower. By the early 20th century, the US had evolved from its embryonic nation-state stature post the Revolution to a commanding entity, guiding many critical global discussions and decisions. This meteoric ascent showcases the monumental repercussions of the Revolutionary War and its cascading events.

This course provides an exhaustive exploration into the nuanced intricacies of the Revolutionary War. We delve deep into:

  • The pivotal antecedents setting the war's wheels in motion
  • The profound ripple effect of the shot heard around the world
  • A detailed examination of iconic skirmishes such as the Battles of Lexington and Concord
  • Vivid portraits of American patriots juxtaposed against loyalists who believed in British sovereignty
  • Insight into the strategic Battle of Long Island
  • Biographical sketches of Redcoat generals and their crucial roles
  • A profound dive into the hardships endured at Valley Forge
  • An analytical account of the Battle of Yorktown's tactics and outcomes
  • Comprehensive review of the Treaty of Paris and its broader implications

Our course meticulously crafts each lesson, ensuring both breadth and depth:

  • Lesson 1: Setting the Stage for a Revolution - Journey through the socio-political milieu leading up to the revolt, understanding the underlying tensions.
  • Lesson 2: The Revolution Begins - Examine the initial sparks, from protests to the first shots, that ignited the colossal conflict.
  • Lesson 3: Escalation of the War - Dive deep into the war's intensifying phases, appreciating the evolving strategies and maneuvers.
  • Lesson 4: Major Battles and Turning Points - Analyze key confrontations and game-changing events that shifted the war's trajectory.
  • Lesson 5: The War's Culmination and the Birth of a Nation - Delve into the war's climactic stages, leading to the historic creation of the United States.
  • Lesson 6: Heroes of the Revolution - Celebrate the valiant individuals, both well-known and unsung, whose contributions were instrumental.
  • Lesson 7: Final Thoughts and Exam - Synthesize your learnings, reflect on the Revolution's enduring legacy, and assess your acquired knowledge.

Each lesson is complemented by a diverse range of resources and activities. This structured approach ensures a holistic understanding, catering to academic students seeking review or test preparation, as well as passionate hobbyists and perpetual learners desiring a profound appreciation of this historic era.

The transformative events of the American Revolutionary War reverberate to this day. Through this course, you'll not only gain a detailed understanding of the war itself but also acquire a discerning perspective on its enduring impact on global history. Join us on this enlightening journey through one of history's most defining chapters.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the major causes for the war.
  • Describe the major battles and events of the war.
  • Describe and identify the major figures of the war.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
First Continental Congress 50 points
Introduction 5 points
Why Study the American Revolution? 20 points
Why was Patrick Henry so angry? Who was he speaking to? (See: second Video Discussion) 20 points
Lesson 1 Exam 9 points
Shot Heard 'Round the World' 50 points
The Boston Patriots 20 points
Lesson 2 Exam 8 points
Battle of Bunker Hill 50 points
Second Continental Congress 50 points
George Washington 20 points
Lesson 3 Exam 10 points
Battle of Saratoga 50 points
Battle of Trenton 50 points
Lesson 4 Exam 9 points
Treaty of Paris 50 points
Valley Forge 50 points
World War I in America? 5 points
Lesson 5 Exam 9 points
American Revolutionary Heroes 50 points
American Terrorism and the Revolution? 40 points
Lesson 6 Exam 10 points
The Atlantic Ocean as a Backboard 5 points
Final Exam 32 points
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