America in Class Lessons

Lexington and Concord: Tipping Point of the Revolution

Author: Breen, T. H. (NHC Fellow, 1983–84; 1995–96)

From the early 1760s to 1775 American colonists complained bitterly about British policies that taxed them without representation. Nonetheless, they did not advocate taking up arms against king and parliament. The Battles of Lexington and Concord changed that. The killing of Americans by British troops altered popular perceptions of imperial rule and transformed a largely peaceful resistance into an armed rebellion.

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History / Education Studies / Battles of Lexington and Concord / American History / American Revolution / Public Opinion / Primary Sources /