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Terms to Know:

Episode 2: REVOLUTION
Before or after watching this episode,
Introduction
encourage students to define and
review the terms below. Students
The Declaration of Independence is read to jubilant crowds in New
may also want to make their own
York on July 9, 1776. America’s thirteen colonies have taken on
lists of new vocabulary words and
the might of the world’s leading superpower, determined to shake
identification terms as they watch.
free from the yoke of British colonial power. Offshore, 500 ships
bristling with soldiers and guns are readying for what will be the
Alacrity
largest British invasion until D-Day. Within months General George
Bayonet
Washington’s army has been decimated and defeat seems inevitable.
Colonial
Inoculation
Yet in 1783, against all the odds, America prevails. It is a conflict that
Prodigious
tests the resolve of the soldiers to the breaking point. It takes us
Redoubt
from the battlefields of Brooklyn, the disease-ridden encampment of
Resilience
Valley Forge and the forests of Saratoga to the victory of Yorktown.
Siege
Skiff
Typhus
Traverse

American forces learn the hard way to master the landscape, new
weapons, and unconventional battle tactics. And with this elite force,
Washington saps the strength of the British Army and he and his
forces triumph over the British. The British are forced to relinquish
power and the United States is born.
America The Story of Us is useful for American
History, Social Studies, and Media courses. It is
appropriate for 7th grade students and above,
and is an excellent resource for professional
development.
Discussion Questions:
1. W
 ho was Daniel Morgan, and what role did he play in the American
Revolution?

2. W
 hy was it important for the Americans to win the support of France during
the Revolution?

3. W
 hat change in the construction of rifles helped the Americans during the
Revolutionary War?

4. W
 hat were some of the innovative ways Americans fought disease during the
Revolution? What were the risks and potential rewards of these methods?

5. W
 hat are three major reasons the Americans won the Revolutionary War?
Give some specific examples from this program or from your own reading.

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George Washington’s Mount Vernon


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sailors, used to draw new sailors into the Revolutionary cause.
Based on the language in this poster, what were some of the
important characteristics of sailors?

2. W
 hat were some of the incentives sailors were offered for
joining the navy?

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