You are not currently logged in. Please create an account or log in to view the full course.
3. The War
About this Lecture
In this module, we look at the war itself and examine how the colonists were able to defeat the most powerful nation in the world - Great Britain. In particular, we look at: (i) the founding of the Continental Army and the motivations of the Continental Congress; (ii) the start of hostilities at the Battle of Lexington and Concord; (iii) George Washington's early career and his organisation of the Continental Army; (iv) the early development of the war and the issue of financing such a large military force; (v) the alliance with France and turning point of the Battle of Saratoga.
In this course, Professor Ed Gray (Florida State University) explores continuity and change in the revolutionary period from 1754 to 1800. In the first module, we take a look at what North America looked like in 1763. After this, we turn to look at the origins of the American Revolution. In the third module, we look at the war itself and examine how the colonists were able to defeat the most powerful nation in the world - Great Britain. In the penultimate module, we look at the two Constitutions of the early United States in an international context. In the final module, we examine the consequences of the revolutionary period for how the United States interacted with the rest of the world.
Professor Edward Gray is Professor of History at Florida State University (FSU). He specialises in early U.S. history, Native American history, the history of colonial North America, and the history of the Pacific in the age of Captain James Cook. He has written a number of books within this field, including Tom Paine’s Iron Bridge: Building a United States (W.W. Norton & Co., 2016).
Cite this Lecture
Gray, E. (2022, February 22). US History – Continuity and Change in the Revolutionary Period, 1754-1800 - The War [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/us-history-continuity-and-change-in-the-revolutionary-period-1754-1800/the-war
Gray, E. "US History – Continuity and Change in the Revolutionary Period, 1754-1800 – The War." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 22 Feb 2022, https://massolit.io/courses/us-history-continuity-and-change-in-the-revolutionary-period-1754-1800/the-war