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Elon University
HST 241
James Bissett

[HST 241] Comprehensive Final Exam guide including any lecture notes, textbook notes and exam guides.find more resources at Hannah Cheyney HST 241 January 3 , 2016 In-Class Notes Generalizations about the Nature of History 1. All history is interpretation a. Because we don’t know what actually happened 2. Sometimes, the particular version of the past we choose to accept: determined as much by the needs of the present as by the reality of past events 3. At times, history becomes a type of myth, a way of passing important cultural values from one generation to the next a. Exp. Christopher Columbus, Thanksgiving 4. Sometimes, we choose to interpret the past in a way that blindly affirms values supporting the status quo. This leads to a kind of “chamber of commerce” history that, instead of attempting to offer intellectually honest, sophisticated interpretation so the past, simply promotes the interests of those in power. a. Results help the upper class stay upper What happened before American Revolution?  Mercantilism o Colonies exist for good of mother country o Created tension when people in colonies started rebelling  7 Years War o Very expensive o North America: British or French?  Sugar Act 1764 o First tax o Didn’t go very well  Stamp Act; Declaratory Act 1765  Revenue Act 1767 o Assessing import duties (exp. glass, led, tea, paper) o MA: Taxation w/out representation o Tension in colonies  Boston Massacre 1770  Tea Act; “Boston Tea Party” 1773 o Designed to get American Colonists from British Companies, not smuggled  Coercive Acts (Intolerable Acts) o Closed port of Boston o Prohibited town meetings w/out governor  Continental Congress (1774)  Lexington & Concord; Bunker (Breed’s) Hill 1775 o British lost 1000+ soldiers o American fired as they retreated  Declaration of Independence (1776) find more resources at
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