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Early American History Notes

by: Jordan Marshall

Early American History Notes Govt 101

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Early American history was covered more in depth in class than in the book These notes are directly from class
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Jordan Marshall on Tuesday September 27, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Govt 101 at Christopher Newport University taught by Dr. Carlson in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 3 views. For similar materials see Power and Politics in America in History at Christopher Newport University.

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Date Created: 09/27/16
Early American History I) Growing Tension in the Colonies  French/Indian War o Defending the colonies cost the British government greatly o The government could not tax on British soil any more than thy  already were o Crown imposed taxes on British in colonies o Sugar Act of 1764­tax on sugar/molasses o Stamp Act of 1765­tax on paper products including paper, stamps, and playing cards o Townshend Act of 1766­tax on tea, glass, and lead  Sugar, Stamp, and Townshend acts lead to colonists requesting the king’s  intervention with parliament which was ignored  Navigation Act of 1773­all products made in colonies could only be shipped  to London o “last straw” o Led to colonists asking for a voice in parliament (“no taxation without  representation”)  Parliament allowed soldiers to take over private homes in the colonies II) Revolutionary War (1775­1783)  Guerilla warfare­hide, strike, and run military tactic o Very successful against the British  Boston Massacre (March 5 , 1770)­British soldiers fired back at colonists  who were taunting and throwing things at them  Lexington and Concord was the final true battle which was won with help  from the French  Colonies were considered the “underdogs” o Minute men­local militias with little experience and no training  “squirrel hunters” taking on British o The colonies were divided over the issue of their involvement in the  war o Colonies did not get along with each other  George Washington (became general of the Continental Army) o Farmer o Originally asked to command the British Army o Built an army from scratch III) French Involvement  French interest in weakening Britain  Gave colonies some aid  Franklin was ambassador to France  France began to give more aid once colonies gained some victories IV) Continental Army Fighting the British  No shoes, no food, no supplies  Washington kept asking for money for the Army  Out of 20,000 troops, only 4,000 could fight at any given time  States had all power (no federal government) so Washington could not get  money


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