History of the United States 1660s -1763
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This is a resource for those studying for the History of the United States I CLEP exam, or simply for those who love to study history. The History of the Unites States I CLEP exam covers U.S. history from early colonization to 1877. This lens is one in a series of lenses that will be developed.
How to Use This Lens
Study Chapter 4 of the college text book listed. Review any sections that you need to work on either in the book or the links provided. Additional recommended reading and lectures are provided to enhance your learning experience. Once you're comfortable with the material, move on to chapter 5.
The College Level Text Book You'll Need
This is the text book that we are using as a basis for the lectures and study guides. The resources here are not a substitute for reading, but rather to augment your studies. This is the book we are using in our study group, but feel free to substitute any college text book on the subject.
Parliament passes series of Navigation Acts to regulate imperial trade.
Charles II becomes king of England.
Halfway Covenant adopted by Massachusetts's clergy.
James II becomes king of England
Dominion of New England
Glorious Revolution in England; James II loses the throne.
William and Mary become English monarchs. Leisler's Rebellion begins in New York.
King Williams War in America
Witchcraft trials in Salem Massachusetts.
First French Settlement near mouth of Mississippi river
Iroquois adopt policy of neutrality toward France and Britain.
Queen Anne's War in America
San Antonio, Texas and New Orleans founded.
Jonathan Edwards leads religious revival in North Hampton, Massachusetts.
Great Awakening begins in Middle Colonies with George Whitefield's arrival.
King George's War in America
Seven Years' War in America
Spanish begin establishing mission in California.
Source: The American Journey
Key Terms - Source: The American Journey
- Mercantilism (click to read more)
Economic system whereby the government intervenes in the economy for the purpose of increasing national wealth.
- Enumerated Products
Items produced in the colonies and enumerated in acts of Parliament that could be legally shipped from the colony of origin only to specified locations.
- Age of Enlightenment (click to read more)
Major intellectual movement occurring in Western Europe in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.
- Great Awakening (click to read more)
Tremendous religious revival in colonial America striking first in the Middle Colonies and New England in the 1740s and then spreading to the southern colonies.
- New Lights (click to read more)
People who experienced conversion during the revivals of the Great Awakening.
- Dominion of New England (click to read more)
James II's failed plan of 1686 to combine eight northern colonies into a single large province, to be governed by royal appointee with no elective assembly.
- Glorious Revolution (click to read more)
Bloodless revolt that occurred in England in 1688 when parliamentary leaders invited William of Orange, a Protestant, to assume the English Throne.
- Virtual Representation (click to read more)
The notion that parliamentary members represented the interests of the nation as a whole, not those of the particular district that elected them.
- Actual Representation
The practice whereby elected representatives normally reside in their districts and are directly responsive to local interests.
- Country (Real Whig) Ideology
Strain of thought (focusing on the threat to personal liberty and the taxation of property holders) first appearing in England in the late seventeenth century in response to the growth of governmental power and national debt.
- Grand Settlement of 1701
Separate peace treaties negotiated by Iroquois at Montreal and Albany that marked the beginning of Iroquois neutrality in conflicts between the French and the British in North America.
- Treaty of Lancaster (click to read more)
Separate peace treaties negotiated by Iroquois diplomats in Montreal and Albany that marked the beginning of Iroquois neutrality in conflicts between the French and the British in North America.
- Albany Plan of Union (click to read more)
Plan put forward in 1754 calling for an intercolonial union to manage defense and Indian affairs. The plan was rejected by participants at the Albany Congress.
- Treaty of Paris (1763) (click to read more)
The formal end to British hostilities against France and Spain in February 1763.
The Colonial Wars, 1689-1763 - Source: The American Journey
Click on the titles to read the Wikipedia articles.
- King William's War
the first Anglo-French conflict in North America (1689-1697), the American phase of Europe's War of the League of Augsburg.
- Queen Anne's War
American phase (1702-1713) of Europe's War of the Spanish Succession.
- King George's War
The third Anglo-French war in North America (1744-1749), part of the European conflict known as the War of Austrian Succession.
- French and Indian War
The last of the Anglo-French colonial wars (1754-1763) and the first in which fighting began in North America. The war ended with France's defeat.
The books listed here will help you delve further into the period covered.
You may have to download RealPlayer (it's free) to view these lectures.
- Salem Witch Judge: Samuel Sewall's Life & Repentance
Lecturer: Eve LaPlante, writer, historian
- French and Indian War: Struggle for N America (1754-1763)
Lecturer: William Fowler, director, Massachusetts Historical Society
- Britain and the Seven Years War
Lecturer: Eliga H. Gould professor, history, University of NH
- Benjamin Franklin Lecture Series
- Molasses: From the Slave Trade to the Great Flood
Lecturer: Anthony M. Sammarco writer, historian
Understanding The Enlightenment
George Washington marveled at the notion that America achieved its independence in a time when the rights of man were better understood, making its formation as a republic possible. This, of course, was a direct result of the Age of Enlightenment.
Professor Courtenay Raia's lectures give fascinating insight into the events and conditions that lead up to the Enlightenment, its major players, and the world we live in as a result.
Professor Courtenay Raia's Lectures 2 through 10
Professor Courtenay Raia's Lectures 11 through 20
One of the lectures wasn't on Youtube. I'll check back later for it.