What is this? A History class?!If you were to sit and write a journal, poem, orstory, what would it be about?The literature we write reflects who we are andwhat is important to us.In the 1770’s, Americans (then just Colonists) werein an intense period of turmoil as they are going towar with their mother country. What do you thinktheir literature at this time is going to be about?
You got it! Revolutionary WarThe most well known literature at this timedeals in some way with American Revolution.To understand the literature, you have tounderstand the people and what they weregoing through.
How it Began (the brief version)• 1754-1763 Brittan fights the French and Indian War and gains land in North America Colonists are happy to have British troops coming to protect them.
War is expensive!!So, England decides to get money back by taxingthe colonists. They create the Stamp Act.This makes the colonists mad.
Then the Britian imposes even more taxes on Colonists. Colonists respond by creating political groups to fight against the taxes.This, of course, upsetsthe king.
Parliament responded with the "IntolerableActs."- Accused Colonists could be tried in England - -- American homes were forced to host Britishtroops-Boston Harbor was closed
This resulted in the First ContinentalCongress, in 1774, which met at PhiladelphiasCarpenters Hall. Twelve colonies sent delegatesto discuss how to return to a state ofharmonious relations with the Mother Country— not revolution! But radical thinking won out.Parliamentary acts were declared"unconstitutional." Taxes were not paid, animport-export ban was established, andColonists were urged to arm themselves.