Yorktown, Virginia, was the site of the surrender of British general Lord Charles Cornwallis to George Washington in October 1781. The surrender signaled the beginning of the end of the Revolutionary War.
During the American Revolution, Savannah, Georgia, was a British stronghold in the South. The British captured Savannah in December 1778 and held it for the duration of the war despite a French and American attempt on the city in 1779. The British finally evacuated Savannah in July 1782.
Boston was a hotbed of Revolutionary activity and protest. As one of the largest cities and most important ports in the colonies, Boston was a center of political and economic activity. Many major events of the Revolution took place there, including Stamp Act protests, the Boston Massacre of 1770, and the Boston Tea Party of 1773. In 1776, the British army and loyalists evacuated Boston, leaving the city in patriot control for the rest of the war.
Lexington, Massachusetts, was the site of the first battle of the American Revolution. Patriot militiamen engaged British forces en route to Concord on the Lexington Green on April 19, 1775. A shot was fired, battle broke out, and the American Revolutionary War began.
Charleston (originally Charles Towne), South Carolina, was established by British colonists in 1670. As a major southern harbor and one of the colonies’ largest port cities, Charleston became important strategic positon during the American Revolution. The city was controlled by patriot forces until British forces under Sir Henry Clinton sieged the city and forced the surrender of American general Benjamin Lincoln in spring 1780.
During the Revolutionary era, Philadelphia was the site of the First and Second Continental Congresses. The surrounding countryside was also the location for several major events during the Revolution, including the battles at Brandywine and Germantown. The British occupied Philadelphia from 1777 to 1778. After the Revolution, Philadelphia hosted the Constitutional Convention and served as the nation’s capital from 1790 to 1800.
Alexander Hamilton has been enjoying a renaissance. Indeed, Americans in the twenty-first century may admire Hamilton more than any generation since the founders themselves. An immigrant from the Caribbean, a disadvantaged orphan who became a war hero, a self-made man who rose to become a framer of the Constitution and architect of...
For more than 225 years the principle of freedom and our understanding of its implications have evolved dramatically. The selections from this exhibition invite you to read the words and see the images of the men and women who forged this nation. Their words and images provide insights into the complexity of the past. James G. Basker, the president of the Gilder Lehrman Institute, guides viewers through this exploration of the evolution of liberty in the United States.
These teaching resources and interactive incorporate excerpts from Revolutionary era books exhibited in Liberty and Revolution at the Princeton University Library in 2009. Drawn from the collection of Sid Lapidus, the exhibition and accompanying catalogue marked the gift of these printed works to Princeton University.
The use of these selected primary sources from the Sid Lapidus Collection...