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Strategies, Tactics, and Battles of the American Revolution
- Instructor Bryan C. Gersbeck
- Code AH13
- Student Ages 13-18
This course will focus on the people, places, and events—both in America and in Europe—that led to the American Revolution. Students will examine how former policies and past events culminated in a war against the British that ultimately resulted in the British recognition of American independence.
Two hundred years of European colonization changed North America in various ways. Native people’s lives had been altered where Europeans had planted colonies across the continents. By the spring of 1775, the American boycott of British goods had reached its limit. The British moved to disarm the American militia, which led to a small battle but resulted in the continent being embroiled in war. A colonial militia would take time, hard work, and foreign intervention to form into a strong army. Meanwhile, British forces assembled in America haphazardly, leading to many years of warfare.
The battles of the American Revolution occurred across the eastern seaboard of the thirteen colonies. This course will examine the events that led up to the various battles. Examples include Concord and Lexington, the battles around New York and New Jersey, the Battle of Saratoga, and the Siege of Yorktown. Students will gain an understanding of the conditions the soldiers were placed in, their thoughts about the war, and their feelings about friends and family left behind.
Students will learn about various individuals involved in the war, including George and Martha Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John and Abigail Adams, Margaret Cochran Corbin, Mary Ludwig Hays, Sybil Ludington, John Burgoyne, and Charles Cornwallis.
Live Classes: Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, from the week of September 13th to the week of December 13th
Materials: All reading materials will be available on the internet.