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Module 6 – Evidence and Assessment

Completing This Module

Now that you have studied all of the lessons for this module, you can complete the Module Evidence activity and Module Quiz below.

  1. Review the module summary and outcomes.
  2. If you are unclear on any of the outcomes, review the lessons and the Check Your Knowledge activity.
  3. Complete the Module Quiz and Module Evidence Activity on this page.  These items are graded and count toward your final grade for this course.

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This module covered the events of the Revolutionary War from 1776 – 1783, including important participants, major battles, and war strategies.

Specific topics addresses were the  early challenges faced by the Colonials, as well as the importance of France’s participation in the conflict against the British forces. Lessons specifically focused on the early part of the Revolutionary War, diplomatic and military alliances, and the keys to the colonial victory.  This module also provided insights into the contributions made by Colonial women.

After completing this Module, you should be able to:

  • Compare and contrast the strategies and outcomes of the British and the Colonial forces in the early part of the war.
  • Identify the various roles of women during the Revolutionary War and the contributions they made to the war effort.
  • Summarize the significance of events that took place between December 1777 to 1781.
  • Describe five reasons the colonists were able to defeat the most powerful military in the world, the individuals who helped with the defeat, and how the war ended.

Lesson 1 – The Early War in New England and the Mid-Atlantic

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  • Breed’s Hill
    a hill in Charlestown that was the site of the battle of Bunker Hill in 1775
  • British Blockade
    a prolonged naval operation conducted by the Allied Powers during and after World War I in an effort to restrict the maritime supply of goods to the Central Powers, which included Germany, Austria-Hungary and Turkey
  • Bunker Hill
    The first great battle of the Revolutionary War; it was fought near Boston in June 1775
  • chain of command
    an official hierarchy of authority that dictates who is in charge of whom and of whom permission must be asked
  • Charles River
    a river in eastern Massachusetts that empties into Boston Harbor and that separates Cambridge from Boston
  • colluding
    come to a secret understanding for a harmful purpose; conspire
  • declaration
    a formal or explicit statement or announcement 
  • economic consequences
    The effect that an event, policy change, or market trend will have on economic factors such as interest rates, consumer confidence, stock market activity, or unemployment
  • home front
    the civilian population and activities of a nation whose armed forces are engaged in war abroad
  • homespun
    simple and unsophisticated
  • Proclamation of Rebellion
    officially titled A Proclamation for Suppressing Rebellion and Sedition, was the response of George III of Great Britain to the news of the Battle of Bunker Hill at the outset of the American Revolutionary War
  • spies
    a person who secretly collects and reports information on the activities, movements, and plans of an enemy or competitor

Lesson 2 – Women and the Revolution

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  • gender equality
    when women and men have the same rights, resources, opportunities, and protections
  • Homespun Movement
    Instead of wearing or purchasing clothing made of imported British materials, patriot women continued a long tradition of weaving, and spun their own cloth to make clothing for their families.
  • male privilege
    a concept used to describe social, economic, and political advantages or rights that are made available to men solely on the basis of their sex
  • non-consumption
    a part of a family of agreements, including the non-importation and non-exportation agreements, which were addressed by American colonists in the 1774 Declarations and Resolves of the First Continental Congress. Non-consumption dealt with the agreement not to consume or use certain products.
  • Non-importation
    a series of commercial restrictions adopted by American colonists to protest British revenue policies prior to the American Revolution. Britain's Stamp Act of 1765 triggered the first nonimportation agreements
  • Republican Motherhood
    a 20th-century term for an attitude toward women's roles present in the emerging United States before, during, and after the American Revolution. This included increased responsibility for educating the children, not only in additional reading, math, etc., but also in the civility of being a(...)
  • service trades
    employment in providing services; common trades in the Revolutionary Era were cooking and catering, cleaning stables, cutting hair, or driving coaches
  • socio-economic
    related to the differences between groups of people caused mainly by their financial situation

Lesson 3 – The South: Diplomatic and Military Alliances

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  • alliance
    a union or association formed for mutual benefit, especially between countries or organizations
  • belligerency
    the state of being at war or in conflict; specifically, the status of a legally recognized belligerent state or nation
  • drillmaster
    a person who trains others in something, usually routinely or mechanically
  • emissaries
    persons sent on a special mission, usually as diplomatic representatives
  • engagement
    a combat between two forces, neither larger than a division or smaller than a company, in which each has an assigned or perceived mission
  • stalemate
    any position or situation in which no action can be taken or progress made; deadlock
  • Valley Forge
    the military camp 18 miles northwest of Philadelphia where the American Continental Army spent the winter of 1777–78 during the American Revolutionary War

Lesson 4 – Yorktown and an American Victory

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  • allies
    two or more individuals, nations, or other entities united in a common cause
  • blockade
    an act or means of sealing off a place to prevent goods or people from entering or leaving
  • containment
    a United States foreign policy doctrine adopted by the Harry S. Truman administration in 1947, operating on the principle that communist governments will eventually fall apart as long as they are prevented from expanding their influence
  • dominion
    a territory constituting a self-governing commonwealth and being one of a number of such territories united in a community of nations, or empire: formerly applied to self-governing divisions of the British Empire, such as Canada and New Zealand
  • guerrilla warfare
    small, agile, tactical teams of irregular combatants strike less mobile traditional military forces
  • nationalism
    the strong belief that the interests of a particular nation-state are of primary importance. Also, the belief that a people who share a common language, history, and culture should constitute an independent nation, free of foreign domination
  • Parliament
    in England, the highest legislature, consisting of the House of Lords and the House of Commons; it is responsible for making laws, deciding taxes, and scrutinizing the government
  • siege
    a military operation in which enemy forces surround a town or building, cutting off essential supplies, with the aim of compelling the surrender of those inside
  • terrain
    a stretch of land, especially with regard to its physical features
  • United Kingdom
    The United Kingdom, made up of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, is an island nation in northwestern Europe
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