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George Washington

general in the Continental Army; later became the first president


General William Howe

British officer and commander in chief during the American Revolution


Battle of Long Island

first major engagement of new Continental Army; resulted in forced American retreat to Manhattan Island


Battle of Saratoga

turning point of war - British officer Burgoyne and troops were herded and attacked by thousands of American militiamen, forcing surrender


Horatio Gates

leader of American troops in the Battle of Saratoga



people who refused to join neither the Patriot nor the Loyalist side


Robert Morris

chief American treasury official; secured loans from France, Holland, and wealthy colonials during the Revolutionary War


Valley Forge

encampment of Washington's Continental Army during the winter of 1777; resulted in thousands of deaths and casualties from malnutrition and disease


Baron von Steuben

former Prussian military officer who joined the American cause and drilled soldiers into professional militarism at Valley Forge


Comte de Vergennes

French foreign minister who was determined to avenge the loss of Canada in the Great War for Empire, thus advocating for France to join the American cause (formally declared after victory at Saratoga)


Louis XVI

French monarch who aided colonists during the Revolutionary War


Treaty of Alliance (1778)

defensive treaty of alliance between France and America


Ethiopian Regiment

army of slaves led by Lord Dunmore for the British cause


Philipsburg Proclamation

declared that any slave who deserted a rebel master would receive protection, freedom, and land from Great Britain


Sir Henry Clinton

British officer who captured southern regions as an effort to enlist slaves in the British army


General Nathanael Greene

Continental general who forced British officer Charles Cornwallis and troops to abandon the Carolinas and head to Virginia


General Benedict Arnold

general who betrayed the colonies (who he originally fought for) and switched to the British side


Battle of Yorktown

French and American forces cornered Cornwallis's army, forcing surrender and ending the war


"currency tax"

an implicit tax on Continental bills as a result of rampant inflation


Treaty of Paris (1783)

Great Britain formally recognizes American independence and relinquishes land claims south of the Great Lakes and east of the Mississippi River (consequently forcing Indians to cede land)


Treaty of Versailles (1783)

Britain made peace with France and Spain (neither American ally gained much)


Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776

created one-house legislature with complete power and no governor to exercise a veto


mixed government

British Whig theory where the monarch, the House of Lords, and the Commons share power


Abigail Adams

wife of John Adams; demanded equal legal rights for married women


Judith Sargent Murray

author of "On the Equality of the Sexes" - argued that men and women had equal capacities for memory and that women had superior imaginations


Articles of Confederation

written document defining the Union as a confederation of equal states, with no executive and limited powers, existing mainly to foster a common defense


Ordinance of 1784

established principle that territories could become states as their populations grew


Land Ordinance of 1785

mandated rectangular grid system of surveying and specified minimum price of $1 per acre, placed limits on sizes of land parcels


Northwest Ordinance of 1787

created territories that would later become Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin; prohibited slavery, supported schools, promised that Congress would appoint a governor and judges to each territory until the population reached 5,000 free adult men (at which point citizens could elect a legislature), promised application to join the Confederation once the population reached 60,000


Shays's Rebellion

uprising led by angry farmers in western Massachusetts (many of them Revolutionary War veterans) protesting taxation policies of eastern elites who controlled the state's government


Constitution of 1787

created new two-level political federation in which national government would exercise delegated powers while existing state governments would retain authority over everything else


The Philadelphia Convention

meeting of 55 American delegates to debate, draft, and sign the Constitution


Virginia Plan

a scheme for powerful national government devised by James Madison (supported by larger states)


New Jersey Plan

devised by William Paterson; gave national government minimal powers and preserved state control of individual laws and guaranteed their equality (supported by smaller states)


The Great Compromise

agreement to have an upper chamber (Senate, two representatives per state) and lower chamber (House of Representatives, representatives based on population) in national legislature


Three-Fifths Compromise

agreement that every slave be counted as three-fifths of a free person for purposes of taxation and representation



supporters of the Constitution and centralized government



opposers of the Constitution and centralized government


Federalist Papers

a series of 85 essays written by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay in support of Federalism; they influenced leaders throughout the country to support the new Constitution - John Jay got sick after writing 5, James Madison wrote 29, and Hamilton wrote the other 51


Federalist No. 10

one of the Federalist Papers in which Madison challenged the view that republican governments only worked on a small scale, arguing that a large state would better protect republican liberty


James Madison

American statesman, political theorist, and fourth president


John Adams

Founding Father and second president (as well as first vice president)


John Hancock

politician, entrepreneur, and soldier famous for his large signature on the Declaration of Independence

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