The American Revolution is one of our favorite times in history. We love to use living books, and study a person for a period of time, like Charlotte Mason recommended, so we can really get to know the era in which they lived.
- George Washington – Truly one of my family’s favorite people to study during this time period of America’s earliest founding. As a young man, George was brave and showed many abilities to strategize and make clear decisions that proved necessary. Prior to becoming our first President, George grew his skills in the the French and Indian War, earning him the reputation that provided him the honor to lead us into the Revolutionary War to fight for our freedom from Britain. He demonstrated amazing characteristics and many young men would enjoy learning some of his favorite tips in behavior.
- Benjamin Franklin – One of the most intriguing men of this era, Benjamin Franklin was for sure one of curious nature. Many people know that Benjamin was a printer, using his trade to further the call of freedom leading up to the revolt of the Revolutionary War, however many do not know of his many inventions and inspirations that came from his brilliant mind. Although many would like us to believe that Franklin was not a man of faith, his own writing would prove them wrong, as he often times would be the voice to putting prayer as the first action before decisions that were made. He is also known for his quick sayings of wisdom that would be perfect for any copywork assignment.
- Samuel Adams – Known as the Father of the American Revolution, Samuel Adams is credited with starting the call to freedom and a member of a group of men, patriots, who called themselves The Sons of Liberty. Samuel was an intricate part of the uprise against the Stamp Act and the Tea Act, which resulted in the Boston Tea Party.
- John Adams – The cousin of Samuel Adams, John is mostly known as the 2nd President of the United States but like his cousins, he was instrumental in the freedoms we gained during the Revolutionary Wars. During the infamous battles of the Revolutionary War, John was serving as a diplomate to France and Holland, negotiating the treaty of peace that would end this war and win our freedom from Britain.
- Paul Revere – A Bostonian patriot, Paul Revere was a skilled silversmith who is well known for his part in alarming those who were sleeping that ‘the British are coming’ after being signaled that with the ‘one if by land, two if by sea’ lanterns. He wasn’t alone in this endeavor to awake the patriots who were ready to fight for their freedoms, but we focus on him because of the path that his journey lead and who he was alerting on that much remembered night, as he rode into Lexington to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock, who were wanted for their involvement in signing the Declaration of Independence.
- John Hancock – One of the most recognized names of the Declaration of Independence and where we get the phrase ‘can I have your John Hancock‘ when asking for a signature, due to the size of his signature that he affixed to that historical document. Some speculate that he signed his signature so large because he was the President of the Continental Congress. I find it humorous to know that after signing it, he stated “Old George won’t need his spectacles to see that” – referring to King George of Great Britain.
- Ethan Allen – A founder of the State of Vermont, Ethan Allen lead the Green Mountain Boys in the capture of Fort Ticonderoga in Lake Champlain. The capture of this Fort is rather delightful to learn about. He was once captured by the British, but later released in a prisoner exchange. He returned to the cause of freedom from Britain and was recognized by Congress for his acts during the Revolutionary War.
- Francis Marion – Also known as the ‘Swamp Fox’, Francis Marion lead a militia attack on the British army in the swamps of South Carolina. He was clever in his attacks and used tactics that were not familiar to others, giving them the upper hand in their battles. It is said that the United States Army Rangers was credited to him as they have adapted many of these useful tactics of war.
- John Paul Jones – John Paul Jones entered the Revolutionary War as an adopted solider from Scotland. Entering the newly formed Navy, he took the battle to the shores of England. He is remembered for his bravery and never giving up hope, as his ship was taking on water, the other attacking captain asked him to surrender, to which he replied, “I have not yet begun to fight!” In that battle, it was Jones who won and the other captain that surrender.
- Nathan Hale – A patriot spy that volunteered to go into British camps to gather their intel, knowing that such acts were punishable by death, risked his own life for the cause of freedom. Upon being captured and accused of spying, he was sentenced to death. Before being hanged, he stated “I regret that I only have but one life to lose for my country.”
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