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Front page of Freeman's Journal, Phila., Oct. 24, 1781, announcing Cornwallis' surrender at Yorktown on Oct. 17th
Front page of Freeman's Journal, Phila., Oct. 24, 1781, announcing Cornwallis' surrender at Yorktown on Oct. 17th.
1 print. 1781.
Prints and Photographs Division.
Reproduction Number:
LC-USZ62-55620

American Archives: Documents of the American Revolution, 1774-1776

Presents the full text of Peter Force's American Archives. Force, printer and document collector, intended to publish rare pamphlets, correspondence, and proceedings relating to the "Origin, Settlement, and Progress of the Colonies in North America" that covered the time period 1763-1789. After years of work, the final (but unfinished) result was nine volumes of material covering the years 1774-1776. Since this material is of extreme importance to scholars of the Revolutionary War period, and is collected in this one source, Northern Illinois University Libraries received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in order to provide free electronic access to Force's American Archives.

The American Revolution - A Documentary History

The Avalon Project at Yale Law School presents a compilation of primary source documents from 1764 to 1783 associated with the American Revolution.

American Revolution: Lighting Freedom's Flame

This is the official National Park Service American Revolution Web site. It contains a timeline, a feature on the Revolution day by day, educational activities for students, and lesson plans tied to the American Revolution. It also includes information about National Parks associated with the American Revolution.

Battle of Bunker Hill

The Massachusetts Historical Society's online exhibit on the Battle of Bunker Hill. The exhibit presents personal accounts and eyewitness descriptions of the battle, along with contemporary maps, drawings, engravings, broadsides, and artifacts, either preserved by the participants or found on the battlefield.

The Coming of the American Revolution, 1764-1776

The Massachusetts Historical Society's site contains primary sources and contextual essays arranged into 15 topics relating to the events leading up to the American Revolution.

Liberty: The American Revolution

This site on the American Revolution is a companion to the award-winning series produced by PBS. It contains educational resources such as a timeline of the Revolution, bibliographies, links to related sites, and lesson plans.

Military Resources: American Revolution

A compilation of resources on the American Revolution compiled by the Archives Library Information Center at the National Archives and Records Administration. It includes links to documents and images at the National Archives, as well as links to external sites.

Online Bookshelves: Revolutionary War

The U.S. Army Center of Military History provides the full text of online books related to the Revolutionary War.

Spy Letters of the American Revolution

This online exhibit from the Sir Henry Clinton Collection at the Clements Library, University of Michigan, examines the everyday intelligence operations of both the British and American armies. Many of the letters highlighted in this digital exhibit were pivotal to the successes and failures of sieges, battles, and surprise attacks. The exhibit includes a gallery of letters, a timeline, biographical information, stories, and a variety of educational resources.

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