In this chapter, you learned that gaining independence from Britain was only a first step for the young nation. The next challenge was to write a constitution that would protect the rights of citizens and balance the power among the levels, as well as the branches, of government. Times were hard for everyone because the economy was in distress and money was nearly worthless. Farmers were particularly hard hit. Visit the Liberty! Web site and learn more about the daily lives of the colonists.

Destination Title: Liberty! Web site
Note: Clicking on the link above will launch a new browser window.
Start at the //Liberty!// Web site.
  • Click on Perspectives on Liberty.
  • Click on Daily Life in the Colonies.
  • Click on the objects in the scene and read the facts that appear.
  • Answer the following questions.

1. What was the greatest travel problem for the Americans?
2. How much livestock did a typical farmer in the north own?
3. Was reading a popular pastime? Why or why not?
4. Discuss the meaning of the expression "traditional gender roles" and how it applies to life in the colonies.

Next go back to the site Liberty!
and select "The Road to Revolution Game"
play the game

You can play these as many times as needed to get the answer to questions.

Click on:
1. Who were the British going to arrest?
2. What did Paul Revere yell through the town?

Click on:
Watch Video and answer questions below.
  1. Who had 103 total casualties?
  2. Battle of Lexington & Concord was start of what war?
  3. What was one specific thing you learned from the video?

Click on
Watch Video and answer questions below.
  1. Who were two men who attended the Continental Congress in Philadelphia?
  2. Who was the main author of the Declaration of Independence?
  3. Who was President of the Congress?

Click on
1. What is he referred to as?
2. What is he gong to give up to British?
3. What happened to the soldier found with Arnold's treasonous papers?
Click on interactive review
click on skateboard and select Road to Revolution. Choose one of the activities.