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American Revolution

Explore writings on the American Revolution by those who lived it.  Sources in U.S. History Online: The American Revolution includes primary source documents — personal accounts, pamphlets, monographs, congresses, speeches, maps and a wealth of material detailing the European point of view — that tell the whole story of the American Revolutionary War, from 1763 to 1783.

The American Revolution was a pivotal moment in U.S. and world history.  Inspiring the Age of Revolution, it served as the impetus for other countries such as France, Haiti, Poland, Ireland and Latin America to fight for their independence.  Sources in U.S. History Online: The American Revolution unveils essential documents from this era and will be valued by students of military history, political debate, government, society and culture.

Summary:  Sources in U.S. History Online: The American Revolution is a digital archive documenting the revolution and war that created the United States of America, from the Paris peace treaty in 1763 through the early protests in 1785 to the Paris peace treaty of 1783. The collection examines the political, social and intellectual upheaval of the age, as well as the actual war for American independence through its eight long years of conflict. A wealth of material from the European point of view is included.

The archive tells the whole story of the American Revolution — the experiences of commanders and common soldiers, women and slaves, American Indians and Loyalists are all recorded.  A variety of primary source documents — personal narratives and memoirs, political pamphlets and speeches, sermons and poems, legislative journals and popular magazines, maps and more — cover the diversity of:

  • Battles — from the Battle of Bunker Hill to the siege of Yorktown
  • Individuals — from John Adams to William Wilburforce
  • Organizations — from the American Philosophical Society to the Whig Party
  • Perspectives — from the American loyalists to patriot preachers
  • Places — from Falmouth, England to Fort Ticonderoga, New York
  • Topics — from agriculture to valor
  • And more

Sources in U.S. History Online: The American Revolution allows researchers to examine economics, international relations, religion, and science as well as the strategies and battlefield realities of combatants on both sides of the conflict. The archive provides a rich sense of the causes and consequences of one of the great turning points in history.

Full-text search functionality gives researchers unprecedented access to important documents like "Letters of John Adams Addressed to His Wife."

Significance:  The American Revolution is one of the cornerstone events in modern history.  Inspiring what is now known as the Age of Revolution, it served as the impetus for other countries such as France, Haiti, Poland, Ireland and Latin America to fight for their independence.  Sources in U.S. History Online: The American Revolution:

  • places the Revolution in the global context of British and world history
  • provides unprecedented access to primary source documents not available through competitors or via the Internet
  • presents researchers with an essential tool to understand and interpret The American Revolution

Source:  Documents in Sources in U.S. History Online: The American Revolution were drawn from other Gale sources — including the Lost Cause Press, Eighteenth Century Collections Online, The Making of the Modern World, The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises and Sabin Americana, 1500-1926 — under the editorial supervision of legal scholar Katherine A. Hermes, professor of history at Connecticut State University.  Source libraries include Bodleian Library, British Library, University of London, Houghton library, Harvard University, Huntington Library, Oberlin College, University of Virginia, Wisconsin State Historical Society and Yale University.

Illustrations and maps — like this map of the campaign of Lord Cornwallis in America – provide a visual history.

Structure: Sources in U.S. History Online: The American Revolution is fully searchable through simple and advanced searches, but also can be browsed via seven topical sections, each with an accompanying text and bibliographies.

Introduction by Professor Katherine A. Hermes, Central Connecticut State University. 

1. Leadership

  • British Military leaders
  • American Military Leaders
  • British Politicians
  • American Politicians

2. Military Affairs

  • Land Campaigns and Battles
  • Naval Campaigns and Battles
  • Soldiers

3. Political Debate

  • Taxation
  • Empire
  • The Right to Rebel
  • Loyalism
  • Seeking Peace

4. Government

  • Colonial Policy
  • The Continental Congress
  • State Governments
  • Foreign Affairs

5. Society and Culture

  • Economy
  • Religion
  • Slavery and Race
  • Indian Relations
  • Women
  • Arts and Ideas

6. Histories and Reference Works

  • Legislative Documents and Journals
  • Collected Writings of Major Figures
  • Contemporary Reference Works
  • History
  • Biography

7. Letters and Memoirs

  • Military Memoirs and Narratives
  • Civilian Memoirs and Narratives
  • Personal and Official Correspondences

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Explore the causes and consequences of one of the great turning points in human history.

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