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Unit 3: Revolutions and Reaction

Lesson D: The Americas — Land of Revolutionary Opportunity

Review and Assessment


The forces of the Enlightenment and nationalism created an opportunity for political revolution, independence, and the spread of democracy in the Americas. Revolutions in British America, France, and Haiti were followed by similar events in Latin America and Canada. The extent of democratic representation and equality that resulted varied throughout new countries. Colonial differences often remained, and some countries continued to struggle for stability into the 20th century.

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Classroom Activity - Revolutions and Reaction in the Americas


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Activator: The World 1700-1900

Directions: The interactive map from the opening of the lesson containing key events from 1700-1900 is linked above. In previous activities, you learned about the factors affecting revolutionary events and independence movements in the Americas. Select each continent and review events that are related to developments in the Americas. Discuss the questions that follow as directed by your teacher.

  • To what extent was democracy successful in Latin American countries?
  • Describe the role of nationalism and democracy in Canada's gradual independence movement of the 19th and 20th century.
  • Think about the causes and results of earlier Atlantic Revolutions, Latin American revolutions, and the independence of Canada. What factors do you think need to be in place to ensure stable democracy?

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