Skip Navigation
FREE: Federal Resources for Educational Excellence - Teaching and Learning Resources From Federal Agencies

Subject Map
U.S. Time Periods
-1607: Three Worlds Meet (23)
1607-1763: Colonization (26)
1763-1815: Revolution (73)
1801-1861: Expansion (84)
1850-1877: Civil War & Reconstruction (101)
1865-1920: Modern America (119)
1914-1945: World Wars (102)
1945-Present: Contemporary America (65)
Other History & Social Studies: U.S. History Time Periods (8)
What's New

U.S. Time Periods » 1763-1815: Revolution

See Featured 73 Resources
History Matters is a gateway to web resources and threaded discussions for high school and college teachers of U.S. history survey courses. It presents first-person narratives about the experiences of...  (George Mason University, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
The Federalist Papers offers the 85 essays urging New Yorkers to ratify the proposed Constitution. First published in New York City newspapers (1787-1788), the essays explained how the new government would...  (Library of Congress)
A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation, U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1873 includes documents from the Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention and ratification debates, and the first two federal congresses. These documents record American history...  (Library of Congress)
Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention Broadsides provides 274 documents related to Congress (1774 to 1788) and the drafting and ratification of the Constitution. Items include the journals of Congress, resolutions, proclamations...  (Library of Congress)
Religion and the Founding of the American Republic examines the role religion played in the founding of the American colonies, in the shaping of early American life and politics, and in forming the American Republic...  (Library of Congress)
George Washington Papers includes letters, diaries, financial accounts, military records, and other writings from Washington's youth and service as a surveyor and colonel, as delegate to the Continental...  (Library of Congress)
The Diaries of George Washington features the colorful diaries of the first U.S. President, written between 1748 and 1799. They chronicle his life from his time as a self-made farmer to his tenure as a...  (Library of Congress)
Early Virginia Religious Petitions presents images of 423 petitions submitted to the Virginia legislature between 1774 and 1802. The petitions concern such topics as the historic debate over the separation of church and...  (Library of Congress)
Liberty! The American Revolution is an online companion to the 6-part PBS series. It begins in the aftermath of the French and Indian War and ends with the creation of the Constitution. Chronologies, short...  (KTCA, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
The West is an online companion to the 8-part PBS documentary. The site is divided into sections dealing with an overall tour, events in the West, places, people, and archives...  (WETA, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
A Midwife's Tale, The American Experience is a companion to the PBS documentary constructed around the diary kept by a Maine woman kept from 1785 to 1812. Besides interviews with contemporary historians, images from the...  (WGBH, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Papers of George Washington features Washington's correspondence, documents and articles, maps and images, and links to other George Washington resources on the web...  (University of Virginia, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Guilford Courthouse: A Pivotal Battle in the War for Independence looks at this battle—how it was fought; how its outcome was characterized, including reports from both General Nathanael Greene and Lord Cornwallis; and why it was important. About...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Saratoga: The Tide Turns on the Frontier describes the two Battles of Saratoga. The two battles and surrender of the British in October of 1777 are often called the turning point of the American Revolution because they...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Hopewell Furnace: A Pennsylvania Iron-making Plantation tells the story of one of the 65 small ironworks operating in southeast Pennsylvania during the American Revolution. The Hopewell Furnace, located in forested hills and valleys along...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Our Documents features 100 milestone documents in U.S. history. Each week, the website highlights 3 documents. Speeches, treaties, Supreme Court cases, patent designs, and Constitutional...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The Battle of Oriskany: Blood Shed a Stream Running Down tells how long-standing prejudices and the Revolutionary War unleashed massive bloodshed among inhabitants of New York's Mohawk Valley. Located in rich farmland and at a strategic...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Benjamin Franklin explores Franklin's life as a writer, inventor, diplomat, businessman, musician, scientist, humorist, civic leader, international celebrity, abolitionist, and genius. It includes...  (Twin Cities Public Television, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
American Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920 provides 253 narratives describing travels in the colonies and U.S. The collection includes works by authors not widely known as well as by Matthew Arnold, James Fenimore Cooper...  (Library of Congress)
The Battle of Bennington: An American Victory recounts a small but important triumph in the summer of 1777. For two months, General John Burgoyne led his army along the Lake Champlain-Hudson River corridor, capturing several...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Madison's Treasures presents the most significant documents from our fourth President, James Madison. Most relate to two events in which Madison played a key role: the drafting and ratification of the...  (Library of Congress)
The E Pluribus Unum Project examines Americans' attempt to make "one from many" in three pivotal decades: the 1770s, 1850s, and 1920s. Each decade is framed by an introductory essay with links to key topics and...  (Assumption College, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Interactive Constitution lets you search the Constitution and find relevant passages and explanations. Discover how the Constitution relates to more than 300 topics, from civil rights to school prayer...  (National Constitution Center)
James Madison Papers includes 12,000 letters, notes, legislation, and other documents from the man considered the Father of the Constitution. These documents (1723-1836), including an autobiography, help...  (Library of Congress)
Benjamin Franklin: In His Own Words shows the breadth of Franklin's accomplishments through key letters, broadsides, and other documents. This exhibit, marking the tercentenary of Franklin's birth (1706), focuses on his...  (Library of Congress)
Charters of Freedom features primary documents that shaped U.S. history. See images of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. Learn about the Articles of Confederation...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Thomas Jefferson explores the extraordinary legacy of Thomas Jefferson as a founding father, farmer, slaveholder, scholar, diplomat, and the third president of the U.S. Learn about his country estate...  (Library of Congress)
America's Founding Fathers features biographies of delegates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in May 1787. The 55 delegates had been sent by the 13 states to revise the Articles of...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Independence Hall: International Symbol of Freedom recounts the history of the building in Philadelphia where the Second Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence and where, a decade later, delegates to the...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Primary Documents in American History: The American Revolution and The New Nation, 1763-1815 provides images and descriptions of George Washington's Commission as Commander in Chief (1775), Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776), Articles of Confederation (1777), Treaty of...  (Library of Congress) provides lessons, teaching guides, best practices, and other resources for teaching history. See videos on "what is historical thinking," teaching history in elementary school, and...  (, supported by Department of Education)
John and Abigail Adams offers insights into the birth of American democracy, the American Revolution, life in the colonies, the Founding Fathers, the branches of government, lawmaking, and politics. Learn...  (WGBH, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Historians on America looks at 11 developments that altered the course of U.S. history: the trial of John Peter Zenger and the birth of freedom of the press, the Constitutional Convention (1787), George...  (Department of State)
Creating the United States offers primary documents related to the creation of the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights. Learn about the beliefs on which the American republic was...  (Library of Congress)
Early History of the California Coast is a travel itinerary that highlights 45 historic places that help tell the story of Spanish colonization of California. Learn about forts, churches, adobe houses, historic districts...  (National Park Service)
Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820s) includes documents and images for learning about the American Revolution, the Constitution, the creation of the U.S. Navy, Eli Whitney's patent for the cotton gin, Thomas Cooper's...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The Elizabeth Murray Project looks at the eventful life of Elizabeth Murray as a window into the world of revolutionary America. Murray was a shopkeeper in 18th-century Boston (selling imported British fashions)...  (California State University, Long Beach, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Lewis and Clark offers maps, manuscripts, timelines, and photos related to the famed expedition. It includes resources for learning about Meriwether Lewis, Sacagawea, Congress's role in the Louisiana...  (Library of Congress)
First American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820 consists of letters, journals, books, newspapers, maps, and images documenting the land, peoples, and exploration of the trans-Appalachian West. The first European travelers, their...  (Library of Congress)
Memories of Montpelier: Home of James and Dolley Madison describes the setting, main house, and grounds of the home of our fourth President and the "father" of the Constitution. It also provides insights into daily life in the 19th century...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Waterford, Virginia: From Mill Town to National Historic Landmark tells the story of a village west of Washington, D.C. In 1733, Amos Janney purchased 400 acres along Catoctin Creek and built a mill for grinding flour and sawing wood. As fellow...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Dolley Madison Project is devoted to the life, letters, and legacy of the wife of our fourth president. As First Lady, Dolley Madison grew famous for her social graces and courage. By 1900 her name was...  (The Dolley Madison Project, University of Virginia, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Papers of John Jay is an image database of thousands of pages scanned from photocopies of original documents. Jay (1745-1829) helped negotiate peace with and independence from Great Britain. He served...  (Columbia University, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Lewis and Clark 200 represents an effort by 32 federal agencies and organizations to provide a web portal for information about Lewis and Clark historical places. It profiles Lewis and Clark and other...  (Multiple Agencies)
Revolutionary War Timeline describes 125 battles, incidents, advances, and other developments during the Revolutionary War. Descriptions are brief (often one sentence) and presented chronologically over the...  (National Park Service)
Shaker Historic Trail presents 15 places that together reveal the legacy of one of the most compelling religious and social movements in American life. Three essays trace the growth of the United Society...  (National Park Service)
Valley Forge looks at the campsite that marked a turning point in the American Revolution. By 1777, General Washington had suffered more defeats than victories. He sought a winter campsite that...  (National Park Service)
Africans in America is an online companion to the four-part PBS series, covering the period 1450 to 1865. There are historical narratives, resource banks of images, documents, stories, biographies...  (WGBH, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Battle of Bunker Hill: Now We Are at War describes how this American Revolution battle spurred colonial unity and sparked the formation of the Continental Army...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
The Learning Page helps teachers use the Library of Congress's "American Memory" website to teach U.S. history and culture. It includes suggestions for using photos, objects, life histories and other...  (Library of Congress)
The American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies, 1750-1789 features more than 2,000 items, many with distinct coloration and annotations. Cartographers can compare multiple editions, states, and impressions of several of the most important...  (Library of Congress)
The Star-Spangled Banner recounts the story of the flag that inspired our national anthem. Learn about the design of the U.S. flag, how Francis Scott Key's song changed how Americans viewed the flag, and the...  (National Museum of American History, supported by Smithsonian Institution)
American History and Art from New England invites students to explore the history of New England and Massachusetts during three turns of the centuries: 1680-1720 (Colonial); 1780-1820 (Federal); and 1880-1920 (Progressive and...  (Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Declaring Independence: Drafting the Documents presents historical facts surrounding the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence. The website includes a chronology of events, background information about the drafts...  (Library of Congress)
In Congress Assembled: Continuity and Change in the Governing of the United States provides lesson plans on the Constitution, Bill of Rights, issues that confronted the first Congress, and broadsides from the Continental Congress calling for special days of...  (Library of Congress)
San Antonio Missions: Spanish Influence in Texas explores a group of 18th-century missions in modern San Antonio to learn about the Spanish influence on native peoples and the patterns of Texas culture. Students can learn about the...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Frederica: An 18th-Century Planned Community recounts British efforts to establish Georgia as a utopia in the American wilderness (1730s) and to fortify the colony against Spanish encroachment, in part through the creation of a...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
DoHistory shows how to piece together fragments of the past and research the lives of ordinary people. It also features an interactive case study built from research conducted for A Midwife's...  (Harvard University, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Images of the American Revolution focuses on the American Revolution, which encouraged the founding fathers' desire to create a government that would, as stated in the Preamble, insure domestic tranquility and provide...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
United States v. Thomas Cooper: A Violation of the Sedition Law presents facsimiles of 8 printed and hand-written documents surrounding the case of Thomas Cooper, a lawyer and newspaper editor in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, who was indicted, prosecuted...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
American Revolutionary War: Morristown National Historic Park describes the mansion and environs where General Washington and his aides were headquartered for 200 days. It was here in the Ford Mansion that he met with officers, scouts, spies...  (National Park Service)
The Constitution: Counter Revolution or National Salvation? casts students in the role of politically active citizens in 1787, when the Federal Convention in Philadelphia presented the nation with a new model of government. Students, using...  (Library of Congress)
Independence Day: Today in History tells how we've celebrated July 4 since that day in 1776, when the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence. Independence Day celebrations...  (Library of Congress)
Making Friends with Franklin introduces students to the world of Ben Franklin and other "natural philosophers" at a time when the word "science" had not yet entered our language. Portraits of Franklin's...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Mechanics Hall: Symbol of Pride and Industry traces the history of Mechanics Hall and Worcester back to the industrial revolution. Built by the mechanics association for classes, public debates, lectures, and entertainment, the...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
George Washington: A National Treasure takes an in-depth look at the famous Gilbert Stuart portrait of our first president. Explore the symbolic, artistic, and biographic meanings of the sword and books by clicking on...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Guilford Courthouse National Military Park describes weapons, medicine, food, leisure hours, and the role of women in the Revolutionary War. It also examines the battle that was the largest of the Southern Campaign and that...  (National Park Service)
Independence National Historic Park presents portraits and descriptions of Nathanael Greene, Alexander Hamilton, John Paul Jones, George Washington, and more than two dozen other battlefield heroes of the American...  (National Park Service)
Kingston, New York: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary explores Kingston's over 300 years of history using 24 historic places that recall past eras when settlers and Native Americans warily shared its plains, proud Revolutionaries and...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
The Liberty Bell: From Obscurity to Icon helps students analyze -- through maps, readings, and images -- the historical and cultural influences that shaped the symbolic meaning of the Liberty Bell...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
We the People... The Citizen and the Constitution helps elementary and secondary school students understand the history and principles of our constitutional government. The program focuses on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights...  (Center for Civic Education, supported by Department of Education)
Teacher's Guide to Independence National Historical Park helps teachers plan a trip to see Independence Hall, Congress Hall, Old City Hall, the Liberty Bell, the First and Second Banks of the U.S., Franklin Court, and other historic...  (National Park Service)
George Washington Appoints First Marshals, 1789 tells the history of the U.S. Marshal service and explains how the Marshals' role in law enforcement has evolved over time...  (Department of Justice)

    About FREE      Privacy     Security     Disclaimer