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Unit 3: Revolutions and Reaction

Lesson D: The Americas — Land of Revolutionary Opportunity

Activity 1: Revolutions

Directions: Analyze the following newspaper headlines from 17th and 18th century events in Europe and North America. Similar forces influenced revolutions in Latin America during the 19th century. See if you can identify the reason for a desire for independence and revolutionary ideals in the events reported by the headlines. Answer the questions that follow as directed by your teacher.

Newspaper headline: British Revolt Against King's Spending Newspaper headline: Glorious Revolution Creates Parliament

Newspaper headline: American Colonists Rebel Against Taxation Newspaper headline: Third Estate Goes to War Against Social Classes in France Newspaper headline: No Bread, No Rights, No Peace: French Storm Bastille


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Written Activity - Notebook

In your notebook, respond to the following questions:

  • What are some of the issues that led to the desire for independence?
  • What role did Enlightenment ideas play in the political and social changes of the 17th and 18th centuries?

Nationalism and revolutionary ideals also played a role in revolutions in the rest of the Americas during the 19th century. These opportunities occurred in Haiti, Mexico, and throughout South America.