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American Revolution Essays, Timelines & Images

Select essays, timelines and images from the list of colonial America and American Revolution-related topics below.

Events Leading to the American Revolution

  • The Road to Revolution  – Explore how growing economic and political tensions between Great Britain and her American colonies led to war.
  • Road to Independence  – Was every American in Favor of breaking it off with Britain? Absolutely not! Learn about the people and events that led the American colonies to fight for independence.

The American Revolution

  • Yorktown Chronicles – Explore the worlds of George Washington and Charles Cornwallis from their military beginnings through the American Revolution and its aftermath.
  • Life of a Private  – During the American Revolution hardships were plentiful for Continental Army soldiers. Yet thousands of men joined. Find out why these men enlisted and learn how women and African-Americans supported the Continental Army too.
  • The_Battle_of_Great_Bridge  – The first major Revolutionary War conflict in Virginia happened at Great Bridge, near Norfolk.  Find out why the American victory at Great Bridge was an important precursor to the official start of the war.
  • The French Alliance and the Winning of American Independence  – Find out how alliance with the French enabled the Continental Army to prevail over the highly trained British army to win the war.
  • How the Allied Victory at Yorktown Won American Independence  – The American victory at Yorktown quelled British Parliament’s desire to continue to war.  Discover how this victory led to British recognition of American independence.
  • The Role of the Militia During the Revolutionary War  – Why were local groups of part-time citizen soldiers important during the American Revolution?  Explore the somewhat controversial role of the militia.
  • Tea Overboard  – Was the Boston Tea Party the only rebellion of its kind?  Learn about a similar, though smaller, tea party in Yorktown, Virginia.
  • African Americans and the American Revolution – Discover the extensive role played by African Americans in the American Revolution.

After the War

  • Yorktown Chronicles – Explore the worlds of George Washington and Charles Cornwallis from their military beginnings through the American Revolution and its aftermath.

Colonial Life

  • Colonial Life  – Discover what life was like for a typical family and enslaved people on a Revolutionary War era farm.


  • Yorktown Chronicles – Explore the worlds of George Washington and Charles Cornwallis from their military beginnings through the American Revolution and its aftermath.
  • People of the Revolution – Biographical essays about people who had to choose sides in the American Revolution.
  • A Timeline of the American Revolution  – Access a chronology of significant events of the American Revolution.
  • Siege of Yorktown Timeline  – Get a blow by blow account of the final decisive American victory of the Revolutionary War.

A visit to The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is the perfect complement to the online resources found here. Be sure to explore our full range of hands-on history programs for groups, families and individuals and teachers.

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