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The Road to Independence:

Virginia 1763 1783

HISTORY, GOVERNMENT, AND GEOGRAPHY SERVICE DIVISION OF SECONDARY EDUCATION STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

Foreword

Many of the fundamental principles of our nation's development are rooted in the Colonial Period; therefore, this era deserves careful attention in the public schools of Virginia. The spirit of freedom engendered in the early days of the nation's history has remained the hallmark of the nation. It has been maintained by commitment to democratic traditions and values.

In the public schools of Virginia, various courses deal with American history, and consideration and study is given to the Colonial Period from kindergarten through grade twelve. The publication entitled, THE ROAD TO INDEPENDENCE: VIRGINIA 1763 1783, offers teachers in the secondary schools of Virginia a special challenge to select important areas of emphasis for the period 1763 1783 that will provide an improved perspective for students to see new meaning in familiar events. The teacher should present the material in a broader context so as to enable young Americans to comprehend the ideas, events, and personalities of the period. It is hoped that this publication will help to accomplish this goal.

W. E. Campbell State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Table of Contents

FOREWORD ii

INTRODUCTION iv

The Road to Independence: Virginia 1763 1783

PART I:

1763: The Aftermath of Victory 1 The New Generation in Politics: Britain and Virginia 4 The Political Philosophy of Virginia, 1763 7

PART II:

The Road to Revolution, 1763 1775 14 The Grenville Program, 1763 1765 14 Western Lands Defense 15 A New Revenue Program 16 The Currency Act of 1764 17 Virginia and the Stamp Act, 1764 18 The Stamp Act Resolves, May 1765 20 The Stamp Act Crisis, 1765 1766 24 Repeal and the Declaratory Act, 1766 26 British Politics and the Townshend Act, 1766 1770 28 Virginia Politics, 1766 1768 29 The Townshend Act in Virginia, 1767 1771 30 The False Interlude, 1770 1773 31 The Road to Revolution, 1773 1774 32 The Boston Tea Party and the Intolerable Acts 33

PART III:

From Revolution to Independence 35 The First Virginia Convention 35 Virginia and the First Continental Congress 38 Great Britain Stiffens 39 War 40 Independence 43

PART IV:

The Commonwealth of Virginia 46 Declaration of Rights 46 Declaration of Independence 48 The Virginia Constitution, June 29, 1776 49 The British Americans: The Virginia Loyalists 52 The War at Home, 1776 1780 53

PART V:

The War for Independence 55 Virginians and the Continental Army, 1775 1779 55 The Indian Wars 57 George Rogers Clark and the Winning of the West 58 The War and Eastern Virginia, 1776 1779 60 Black Virginians in the Revolution 60 The British Move South, 1780 1781 62 The Invasion of Virginia, 1781 63 Yorktown, September October, 1781 66

BIBLIOGRAPHY 68

APPENDIX

A Chronology of Selected Events in Virginia, 1763 1783 70 The Declaration of Independence 75 Suggestive Questions for Exploring Virginia's Role in the Winning of Independence 77 Suggested Student Activities 79

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