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Without a doubt, one of the most important events in all world history (not to mention American history) was the American Revolutionary War.  Through the battles that were to take place between Great Britain and its American Colonies, the face of the world would be changed forever with the birth of a new nation. The Revolutionary War and the significant events that transpired immediately before and after are essential to understand.

The American Revolution set the stage for the creation of the United States of America, one of the most powerful and influential countries in the history of the world.  Throughout the years that followed the American Revolutionary War, the fledgling nation would form, expand, and grow to become a dominant power in world affairs by the early twentieth century.



This course will describe many of the key aspects of the war: the precipitous events that led up to the war, the shot heard around the world, the Battles of Lexington and Concord, portraits of American patriots and loyalists, the Battle of Long Island, portraits of Redcoat (British) generals and leaders, Valley Forge, the Battle of Yorktown, the Treaty of Paris, and more.  Each lesson will focus on particular aspects of the conflict, drawing to light important facts and other information relevant to the events at hand. This course is ideal  for those seeking review, extra tutoring, test prep, or the non-academic hobbyists and life-long learners.

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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 84 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 4 Practice Worksheets
  • Review Article: Timeline of Resistance, 1763-1774
  • Take Poll: How much do you know about American History?
  • Complete Assignment: First Continental Congress
  • Complete Assignment: Introduction
  • Complete Assignment: Why Study the American Revolution?
  • Complete: 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. 58 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Small Pox and the American Revolution
  • Complete Assignment: Shot Heard 'Round the World'
  • Complete: 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. 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: WilliamHowe.doc
  • Review 2 Articles: Capture of Fort Ticonderoga; The Continental Army
  • Complete Assignment: Battle of Bunker Hill
  • Complete Assignment: Second Continental Congress
  • Complete: 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. 109 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: The Battle of New York; Women of the American Revolution
  • Complete Assignment: Battle of Saratoga
  • Complete Assignment: Battle of Trenton
  • Complete: 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. 114 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: WashingtononValleyForge.doc
  • Review 2 Articles: Battle of Yorktown Begins; The Treaty of Paris
  • Complete Assignment: Treaty of Paris
  • Complete Assignment: Valley Forge
  • Complete Assignment: World War I in America?
  • Complete: 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. 100 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 6 Articles: Daniel Morgan; Benedict Arnold; Molly Pitcher; Nathan Hale; Thomas Paine; Sons of Liberty: Patriots or Terrorists?
  • Complete Assignment: American Revolutionary Heros
  • Complete Assignment: American Terrorism and the Revolution?
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Final Exam

Final Exam 37 Total Points
  • Take Poll: Future Courses on American History
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Assignment: The Atlantic Ocean as a Backboard
  • Complete: Final Exam
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Course Title: American Revolutionary War
Course Number: 7550436
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
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
Instructor: C. Michael McKenna
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Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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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, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Student Testimonials

  • "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.
  • "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....Loved it... Loved it... The instructor was great and the course gave me great knowledge I did not have before." -- Don C.
  • "The lessons were wonderful. The video clips and supplemental links were great....GREAT." -- Jessica H.
  • "I liked miniclips they added nice touch to the material. Exams were really good, not too hard nor too easy. Nice balance....I think the course was well thought out. Feedback to assignments and exams did not take long time, which was great." -- Liisi L.

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