History of the United States eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 731 pages of information about History of the United States.

R. Frothingham, Rise of the Republic.

G.E.  Howard, Preliminaries of the Revolution (American Nation Series).

J.K.  Hosmer, Samuel Adams.

J.T.  Morse, Benjamin Franklin.

M.C.  Tyler, Patrick Henry.

J.A.  Woodburn (editor), The American Revolution (Selections from the
English work by Lecky).


1.  Show how the character of George III made for trouble with the colonies.

2.  Explain why the party and parliamentary systems of England favored the plans of George III.

3.  How did the state of English finances affect English policy?

4.  Enumerate five important measures of the English government affecting the colonies between 1763 and 1765.  Explain each in detail.

5.  Describe American resistance to the Stamp Act.  What was the outcome?

6.  Show how England renewed her policy of regulation in 1767.

7.  Summarize the events connected with American resistance.

8.  With what measures did Great Britain retaliate?

9.  Contrast “constitutional” with “natural” rights.

10.  What solution did Burke offer?  Why was it rejected?

=Research Topics=

=Powers Conferred on Revenue Officers by Writs of Assistance.=—­See a writ in Macdonald, Source Book, p. 109.

=The Acts of Parliament Respecting America.=—­Macdonald, pp. 117-146.  Assign one to each student for report and comment.

=Source Studies on the Stamp Act.=—­Hart, American History Told by Contemporaries, Vol.  II, pp. 394-412.

=Source Studies of the Townshend Acts.=—­Hart, Vol.  II, pp. 413-433.

=American Principles.=—­Prepare a table of them from the Resolutions of the Stamp Act Congress and the Massachusetts Circular.  Macdonald, pp. 136-146.

=An English Historian’s View of the Period.=—­Green, Short History of England, Chap.  X.

=English Policy Not Injurious to America.=—­Callender, Economic History, pp. 85-121.

=A Review of English Policy.=—­Woodrow Wilson, History of the American People, Vol.  II, pp. 129-170.

=The Opening of the Revolution.=—­Elson, History of the United States, pp. 220-235.




=The Continental Congress.=—­When the news of the “intolerable acts” reached America, every one knew what strong medicine Parliament was prepared to administer to all those who resisted its authority.  The cause of Massachusetts became the cause of all the colonies.  Opposition to British policy, hitherto local and spasmodic, now took on a national character.  To local committees and provincial conventions was added a Continental

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