The American Revolution
By Mallorie Munoz
Clothing of the Revolution
George Washington is most often identified with his powder white wig and wooden teeth. During the 1770's to 1800, extravagant wigs for men were not uncommon. Men wore these wigs, which prevented the previously common hat to be worn, thus resulting in the hat shrinking in size so small it cannot even be worn on the head, but rather held underneath the arm. This was a sign of chivalry. For women, bizarre headdresses and bonnets were worn along with skirts that exposed the feet. High heels were forbidden for women but praised for men.
Art From the American Revolution
MANY famous historical paintings that (hopefully) everyone can identify came from this time period. Arguably one of the most universally recognizable painting's, Washington Crossing the Delaware, derived from the American Revolution. Although it was painted many years later by a German named Emmanuel Leutze, it is still a piece classified as from the revolution. Other famous paintings from this era is the Declaration of Independence, showing the men who were present at the signing. Many historians criticize this piece, for many men depicted in the painting were not actually part of this event.
The Boston Tea Party
In response to the Tea Act of 1773, an act of rebellion led by Samuel Adams and the sons of Liberty dressed as Indians, more commonly referred to as the Boston Tea Party, resulted in over 100 men dumping 45 tons of tea in to the harbor, adding up to $1,000,000 today. This resulted in the Coercive Acts of 1174, which were intended to punish the colonists for the loss of tea and their confidence to rebel.
The Boston Massacre
The Boston Massacre was the killing of five colonists by British regulars on March 5, 1770. It was not called the “The Boston Massacre” until many years after it occurred in 1773. The first popular name popularized by Paul Revere was The Bloody Massacre in King Street. In the early 1800's it was also called the State Street Massacre. It is said that this event is what triggered the beginning of the Revolutionary war, but there were many other events such as the Stamp Act, The Boston Tea Party, and Townshend acts.
Effects of the Revolutionary War
The Treaty of Paris was signed in Paris, France on September 3, 1783. This ended the American Revolutionary War, and gave the colonies their independence from Great Britain. The 13 states could now make their own government and laws. Ideas from the Declaration of Independence were finally able to be out into affect. Some historians believe if the revolution had not taken place, we may still be under British rule.