Online Class: American Revolutionary War

Online Course: American Revolutionary War - A Study of the Causes, Battles, and Results of the War of Independence

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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.

Course Motivation

Over 200 years ago, what was essentially an inter-continental civil war resulted in the birth of a new nation that would eventually become a world superpower.

Thanks to the battles that ensued between Great Britain and her American colonies, the face of the world was altered forever.

In order to more completely understand modern American culture and history, a working knowledge of the Revolutionary War and the events that took place both immediately before and after is essential.

In this class you'll get acquainted (or perhaps, re-acquainted) with the most important, defining events in the time of the American Revolution.

Regardless of how little (or how much) you think you already know about the Revolutionary War, this class has something to offer for just about anyone, anywhere. As long as you possess at least a comfortable high school reading level, from the moment you enroll, you’ll be equipped with everything you need in order to succeed.

After just seven comprehensive lessons, you'll be rewarded with in-depth insights into both the causes and the effects of the Revolutionary War--an impact that is still being made today!

Whether you're an American by birth, an immigrant or just interested in broadening your world history--this class is the answer to all of your questions.

Because this course is built around your convenience, class registration is always open--24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sign up now to put your historical knowledge to good use!

Do you know about the Whigs and Tories? How about the Stamp Act? What was the Continental Congress? Why is Paul Revere still remembered today?
Each one of the items referenced had a part to play in the United States' most pivotal war ever--the American Revolution. Sadly, despite the defining impact this time period has had on modern history, surprisingly few Americans have a comprehensive understanding of the times and turmoil that ended our colonial days and birthed a new, powerful nation.

In this self-paced, online course, we'll explore a total of seven in-depth lessons:

Lesson 1: Setting the Stage for a Revolution

Lesson 2: The Revolution Begins

Lesson 3: Escalation of the War

Lesson 4: Major Battles & Turning Points of the American Revolution

Lesson 5: The End of the War and the Birth of a Nation

Lesson 6: Heroes of the American Revolution

Lesson 7: Your Final Exam

Along the way, you'll gain comfort with seven essential objectives. We'll study:

  • Learn the multiple causes that wound up prompting the war
  • Learn about the historical impact that was made by three men: Paul Revere, Samuel Adams and John Hancock
  • Gain insight into the famous phrase 'a shot heard round the world'
  • Learn the major strategies (and the resulting outcomes) of defining battles like the Battles of Trenton and Saratoga
  • Better understand our first President George Washington’s role as a military officer and commander
  • Access details on Valley Forge and the final path towards victory
  • Plus, you’ll get acquainted with several other Revolutionary War heroes

Best of all, every one of the materials you'll need in order to successfully pass this class are included in the lesson plan and the associated net-links (there are more than 60!)

Throughout the course, if at any time you encounter questions or topics or subjects that leave you feeling even the slightest bit confused, you can easily remedy that problem by sending an email directly to your course instructor via the Class Email Form (which you can locate under the Communications tab.) Within a few days, direct one-on-one assistance will show up in your email box, facilitating learning and additional discussions for the classroom forums.

Taxation without representation... The Boston Tea PartyThe Declaration of IndependenceThe Paris Peace Treaty

Each of these topics addresses an important part of the American Revolution, and helped to usher in the USA as we know and recognize it today. No longer do you have to use ignorance as an excuse. If you’d like to show a little patriotism, or you’d just like a little extra ammunition with your student studies elsewhere – no matter what the reason, this class has something to offer to anyone searching for additional insight into the Revolutionary War.

The past is an amazing thing. They warn that those of us who fail to learn from the past will be doomed to repeating it. Avoid this vicious cycle by taking a few moments to register for this class today. Enrollment is open on a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, so it's never too late (or too early) to begin.

  • 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

Course Lessons

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Lesson 1. Setting the Stage for a Revolution

This lesson will focus on the events that led to the Revolution, such as the British Tax Acts, the colonists reactions, the first Continental Congress, and finally the British ultimatum. In addition, this lesson will explore the social, economic, and po Additional lesson topics: The Boston Massacre 104 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video A
  • Lesson 1 Video B : Introduction Discussion
  • Review 4 Practice Worksheets
  • Lesson discussions: How much do you know about American History?; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: First Continental Congress
  • Complete Assignment: Introduction
  • Complete Assignment: Why Study the American Revolution?
  • Complete Assignment: Why was Patrick Henry so angry? Who was he speaking to? (See: second Video Discussion)
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2. The Revolution Begins

Details of the events that took place during the first battle that paved the way for the war to officially begin. Additional lesson topics: Mini-Documentary on Paul Revere's Ride 78 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video A
  • Lesson 2 Video B : Lesson 2 Discussion
  • Complete Assignment: Shot Heard 'Round the World'
  • Complete Assignment: The Boston Patriots
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3. Escalation of the War

War develops as strategies emerge, the Second Continental Congress meets, an army forms, and a pivotal battle is fought. Additional lesson topics: Brief Video of the Continental Army 130 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video A
  • Lesson 3 Video B : Lesson 3 Discussion
  • Review Practice Worksheet: WilliamHowe.doc
  • Complete Assignment: Battle of Bunker Hill
  • Complete Assignment: Second Continental Congress
  • Complete Assignment: George Washington
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4. Major Battles and Turning Points of the American Revolution

The war continues and major battles and exciting turning points are highlighted in this lesson. The Declaration of Independence, American patriots, soldiers, and a dramatic surrender is also described. Additional lesson topics: Battle of Saratoga 109 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video A
  • Lesson 4 Video B : Lesson 4 Discussion
  • Complete Assignment: Battle of Saratoga
  • Complete Assignment: Battle of Trenton
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5. The End of the War and the Birth of a Nation

This lesson will describe the long winter at Valley Forge, the final battles on the road to victory, and the surrender and signing of the Paris Peace Treaty. Additional lesson topics: Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown 114 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video A
  • Lesson 5 Video B : Lesson 5 Discussion
  • Review Practice Worksheet: WashingtononValleyForge.doc
  • Complete Assignment: Treaty of Paris
  • Complete Assignment: Valley Forge
  • Complete Assignment: World War I in America?
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6. Heroes of the American Revolution

This final lesson will highlight many of the heroes and Founding Fathers of the American Revolution. Additional lesson topics: Nathan Hale; Thomas Paine; Sons of Liberty: Patriots or Terrorists?; Daniel Morgan 100 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video A
  • Lesson 6 Video B : Lesson 6 Discussion
  • Complete Assignment: American Revolutionary Heroes
  • Complete Assignment: American Terrorism and the Revolution?
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7 - Final Thoughts and Final Exam

Final Exam 37 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Future Courses on American History; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete Assignment: The Atlantic Ocean as a Backboard
  • Assessment: Final Exam
Total Course Points

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.

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Course Title: American Revolutionary War
Course Number: 7550436
Lessons Rating: 4.7 / 5 Stars (583 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: December 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.8 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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  • "The entire course was an enlightening and positive experience for me. The lessons contained many interesting facts that I had never learned in school. Not only did I refresh my mind of forgotten information but I learned about events and people who were so famous in the struggle for independence. Just a wonderful online course!" -- Sara H.
  • "Loved it... Loved it... The instructor was great and the course gave me great knowledge I did not have before." -- Don C.
  • "It was exciting to me especially since we live in the area where many of the battles took place. At an interstate rest area, I was elated to see a large historical marker indicating that Wilhelm von Steuben's home and gravesite was three miles from the rest stop along with an explanation of his role in the Revolutionary War, which, of course, I knew, as a result of this great course." -- Don C.
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