Educational Resources

Road to Revolution: 1763-1776

Created by the DPLA (Digital Public Library of America) it is an online collection of documents, images, and artifacts that help the student-historian understand the process of going from loyal subjects of the British Crown to rebels willing to risk their lives.

Primary Source Activities – Salem Maritime National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service)

Students critically examine primary source documents to make historical claims based on context and evidence.

Historical Resources

African Americans and the End of Slavery in Massachusetts

A web presentation by the Massachusetts Historical Society that features historical manuscripts and published works.

Women & Self-emancipation – Salem Maritime National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service)

Article with primary sources discussing enslaved women’s revolutionary resistance.

Genealogical Resources

Revolutionary War Records (DAR)

DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Genealogical research database.

Forgotten Patriots: African American and American Indian Patriots in the Revolutionary War (NSDAR)

This 2008 publication created by the NSDAR (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution) concentrates on the identification and documentation of the (mostly military) involvement of American individuals of African, American Indian, or mixed descent during the Revolutionary War.

Forgotten Patriots: African Americans and American Indians in the Revolutionary War – Supplement (NSDAR)

2011 supplement to coincide with the the 2008 publication listed above.

Discover Patriots (NSDAR)

Use the DAR’s Genealogical Research System to trace your own lineage back to the Patriots who achieved American independence.

Lectures, Programs, and Podcasts

Lynnfield on the Eve of the Revolution

Teaching Hidden Histories: Reexamining the American Revolution Through Multiple Local Lenses

Youth in the region are asking their teachers for a more accurate and honest portrayal of U.S. History and how events impacted ALL of the people that live in America. Using primary sources from institutions throughout Essex County, local educators, historians and scholars help us reexamine the American Revolution through the lens of women, Black and Indigenous people. (Recorded on April 6th, 2024)

Danvers During the Revolution

Essex County in the Early Days of Revolution: Lecture by Alex Cain

On the eve of the Revolution, Essex County communities to the north established and organized resistance movements to Crown policies that often far exceeded the efforts of their Bostonian counterparts. (Recorded on March 22nd, 2023)

Lynnfield Historical Society Youtube

Lynnfield Historical Society has created a video compilation of their  involvement in the statewide observance of the 250th anniversary of the founding of this great nation.

State and National Rev250 Resources

Making History at 250

The Field Guide for the Semiquincentennial: Produced by AASLH (The American Association for State and Local History)

America 250

To see what is happening on the national – and sometimes even international – level, visit America 250, the congressional commission formed to orchestrate events based around the 250th.

Unfinished: America at 250

Some great work is being done by Unfinished: America at 250, a partnership of organizations and individuals that believes in harnessing the power of history to build a more inclusive future. Check out their website!

Massachusetts Revolution 250

Be sure to visit our partners at Revolution 250! Sponsored by the Massachusetts historical Society and including more than 30 institutional members, this organization heads the state-wide efforts to promote 250th anniversary events.

“Road to Revolution 250: Massachusetts Historical Events”

This is a chronological list of events throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that are important waypoints in the story of how the American Revolution began. Some of these events are more well-known than others but they are all an important part of the story of how, as John Adams famously said, the Revolution began in the hearts and minds of the citizens of New England before a drop of blood was shed at Lexington & Concord.

Assembled by Jonathan Lane, J. L. Bell, Bob Allison & many others. This list should be considered “in progress.”

Websites & Blogs

April 19, 1775 – Part 2

Peabody Historical Society & Museum Blog post about April 19th 1775

April 19, 1775 – Part 1

Peabody Historical Society & Museum Blog post about April 19th 1775

Black Soldiers in the Revolutionary War

An article on the U.S. Army’s website.

African Americans of Massachusetts in the Revolution

A blog post from the Sons of the American Revolution in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

John Freeman History Page

A website by Historic Ipswich that tells the story of John Freeman, an African American Revolutionary War Soldier who was from Ipswich

Ipswich Revolution 250 Blog Part 1

A website by Historic Ipswich: Ipswich and The American Revolution, Part 1: The Breach with Britain

Ipswich Revolution 250 Blog Part 2

A Website by Historic Ipswich: Ipswich and The American Revolution, Part 2: The Revolutionary War

Historical Nerdery – Blog, Podcast, and Resources

A website run by historian Alexander Cain, which provides a variety of educational outlets for learning about the American Revolution.

Boston 1775 Blog

A blog created by historian J.L. Bell about Massachusetts Revolutionary history. It is a wealth of information, and a must-visit for anyone doing historical research, or looking for inspiration therein.