April 17, 2014

Today in History: Preliminary Articles of Peace Ratified

prelimarticlespeace

Today in History–April 15–the Library of Congress features the Continental Congress ratification of the preliminary articles of peace  with Great Britain on this date in 1783. Negotiations to conclude the Revolutionary War had begun a year earlier. "International intrigue and intense negotiation preceded the formulation of these preliminary articles." The final, formal treaty was signed on September 3, 1783 and guaranteed U.S. independence as well as awarding the territory between the 13 … [Read more...]

Today in History: Washington’s Continental Congress Correspondence

George Washington to Continental Congress, March 24, 1776

Today in History–March 24–the Library of Congress features a letter George Washington wrote to the Continental Congress on this date in 1776, one week after British troops evacuated Boston but remained nearby. In the letter General Washington expressed his surprise and disappointment at the situation and went on to describe the exploits of the British in the area. During the Revolution, Washington maintained frequent correspondence with Congress. Learn more by visiting the Today in … [Read more...]

Today in History: John André & Benedict Arnold

Treason of Arnold Arnold persuades Andre to conceal the papers in his boot

Today in History–October 2–the Library of Congress features Revolutionary War officers Major John André and Brigadier General Benedict Arnold. On this day in 1780 André, a British intelligence officer, was hanged as a spy after being caught with papers concerning Arnold's treasonous dealings. Only a short time before, the Continental army general had agreed to surrender West Point to the British in exchange for 20,000 pounds. Although he avoided Major André's ignoble fate and served in the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Valley Forge

George Washington to Continental Congress, December 23, 1777

Today in History–September 26–the Library of Congress features Valley Forge. On this day in 1777, the Continental Congress was forced to flee when British troops marched into the city of Philadelphia. The Continental Army under General George Washington spent the winter at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania while British troops held Philadelphia. Find out more about this difficult season during the American Revolution by visiting  the Today in History section, then click the links below to uncover … [Read more...]

Today in History: John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones

Today in History–July 18–the Library of Congress features naval officer John Paul Jones, who died on this date in 1792 in obscurity in France. Born John Paul, this seaman added the name Jones after killing a man in what he said was self defense in the West Indies. Jones went on to serve successfully in the U.S. Continental navy and the Russian Navy under Empress Catherine II of Russia. More than a hundred years following his death his remains were discovered and brought to the United States and … [Read more...]

Today in History: Franco-American Alliance

Another Political Satire on French Alliance

Today in History–February 6–the Library of Congress features the Franco-American alliance, solidified  on this date in 1778 when France and the United States signed the Treaty of Amity and Commerce and the Treaty of Alliance. The former recognized the United States as an independent nation and promoted trade between the two countries and the latter created a military alliance against Great Britain so long as America remained independent. Learn more by visting the Today in History section, then … [Read more...]

Today in History: 1783 Treaty of Paris

The United States according to the definitive treaty of peace signed at Paris Sept. 3d. 1783

Today in History–January 14–the Library of Congress features the Treaty of Paris, ratified by the Continental Congress on this day in 1784, nine months after the preliminary articles of peace were approved and over four months after the actual treaty was signed in Paris. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related primary sources. You might also want to take a look at this Revolutionary War primary source set. Preliminary articles of … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Battles of Saratoga

Burgoyne's surrender at Saratoga

Today in History–September 19–the Library of Congress features the first battle of Saratoga. On this day in 1777, Continental soldiers under American General Horatio Gates defeated the British in Saratoga, New York. A month later, British General John Burgoyne surrendered his British troops at the same place. The American victories at Saratoga turned the tide of the war in favor of the colonists favor and helped persuade the French to recognize and support American independence. Learn more by … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: American Revolution Primary Source Set

The horse America, throwing his master

Have students use the primary sources in this set to tell a story about the American Revolution. The story may be in digital or print form and could be nonfiction, fiction, poetry, or even a song. Click on each thumbnail image below to access the full size primary source. You may also use this primary set for a found poetry activity (click the previous link). Be sure to take a look at other American revolution lesson plans (see below). For more primary source sets and other teaching and learning … [Read more...]

Today in History: Nathanael Greene

Statue of American Revolutionary War Major General Nathanael Greene

Today in History–August 7–the Library of Congress features Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene, born on this day in 1742. A West Point commander, Green replaced the disgraced Benedict Arnold and played a significant part in the defeat of British British General Lord Cornwallis at Cowpens, South Carolina.  Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related resources. Nathanael Greene image set Nathanael Greene books Nathanael Greene … [Read more...]