The battles of Lexington and Concord were fought on April 19, 1775 in Massachusetts and kicked off the American Revolutionary War. The American Revolutionary War lasted from 1775-1783. a system of signals and word-of-mouth communication set up by the colonists was a warning system telling American volunteer militia man of the approach of the British troops. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "Paul Revere's Ride" tells how a lantern was displayed in the window of the Christ Church as a signal to Paul Revere and others that the British were coming.

The Articles of Confederation, formally named the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, was an agreement among all 13 original states in the United States of America that served as its first constitution. The Articles of Confederation were ratified in 1781. The colonies resented the laws of the British Parliament so they set up a central government of their own. The only branch of government was a Congress with one house. Congress had power over military and foreign affairs but not over the affairs of each individual state. They could not enforce its powers or collect taxes. The articles were too weak to create a functioning central government so in 1787 the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia with Ben Franklin and George Washington present and in 1779 a new document went into effect called the Constitution.

The history of Lexington and Concord

Complete battle plan for Lexington and Concorde

The American Revolution for kids : Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson and Western Expansion in the US

The Liberty Bell Bens Guide for Kids

A video about the abolitionist movement and the Liberty Bell

The complete history of the Liberty Bell

Lesson plans for teachers the Liberty Bell K-2nd

Superfine K-12 lesson plans about the Liberty Bell

Silly games about the Liberty Bell

Early American games about the Liberty Bell

Revolutionary War

Patriotic Symbols Games

American History Games

Daily Life in the Colonies

Interactive History - Colonial House

Wonderful website: 13 colonies government

Fundamental Orders of Connecticut 1639

Virginia House of Burgesses

Vocabulary Matching

Colonial Government

Emergence of Colonial Government

Colonial Occupations

Pilgrims & Puritans

Colonial Religion

Life in Colonial America

13 Colonies - Government,
New England, Middle, Southern

History of The Articles of Confederation

Thomas Jefferson

What was the Louisiana Purchase?

Lewis and Clark

War of 1812 - Interactive

Lots of Free Presentations about Jefferson, Creating a New Government, and the New Republic