Short Term and Long Term Effects

The American Revolution lasted from 1775 to 1783. After the revolution, a lot of things changed, and these are mostly ideas, and some of the things did not change, for example voting rights.

Things that changed are mostly ideas. The most famous one is this sentence written in the declaration of independence by Thomas Jefferson, “All man are created equal.” I think this is a paradox since Thomas Jefferson himself owned slaves, and people that do not own property do not get to vote. Another thing that changed is the government. The americans are not under the British Kings control anymore, they sat up their own government with George Washington as their first President.

Some things that stayed the same are voting rights. Woman are still not allowed to vote, and people who do not own land are not allowed to vote. Slaves are still legal in the south and this does not change until the civil war 80 years later after the Civil War.

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Third Journal Entry – Battle of Yorktown, Treaty of Paris


September 3, 1783, battle of Yorktown, treaty of Paris.

Stupid British lobster backs. Now lost the war, and forced me to leave America. I will have to start all over again; I lost my house, my horse wagons, and all my money. Life is not fair! But maybe I should think on the bright side, my family is not wounded or hurt, and today King George III and some American representatives are signing the Treaty of Paris. That means that there will be peace and harmony in America. I will start fresh, and make new friends in a new country.

I remember two years ago, September 28 – October 19, 1781. When the battle of Yorktown took place. At that time, I did not know this war would change the future of both countries. All I did these weeks was just sitting in front of the fireplace, minding my own business. Since there was really nothing to do as a retired old man, I lived my everyday life, totally missing out on the revolutionary war.

It was not until days after when I was talking to my friend. They said this war was probably the most important war in American history. It ended the American Revolution, and brought peace to America. The patriots did this by cutting off the British’s supply and surrounding them both on land and at sea.

The French sided again with the patriots. God darn French people, why do they always have to side with the wrong people, if they sided with us, we would’ve spited America between us two. Or they shouldn’t side with anyone at all! I really do not get the French.

Now that the patriots won, my family will have to move on again, maybe to the south, where the Spanish colonists are, or to the north, to the no-man’s-land. I really do not know, I am getting old, and it is up to my son to keep the family going. He will make money; have his own family to take care of. I will live alone in the mountains with my wife, a place quiet, a place where no one can harm us.


Painting of the Battle of Yorktown

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Second Journal Entry – Battles of Lexington and Concord


April 20 1775

The revolution has started! I can’t believe this! The untrained minutemen have defeated the god-like British army in the battle of Lexington and Concord! How is that possible? That was the voice in my head when I read the newspaper this morning. And all afternoon I sat there in the sofa thinking, amazed by the events that happened just a day ago.

Yesterday, I had a few of my friends from business come over to my house. We had a great time discussing political matters, not knowing that just a few miles away in Lexington, there was a blood bath going on.

I can remember not long ago, after the Boston tea party, the Minuteman was created. Which is an “army” that can fight with a preparation of only a minute. Most of these minutemen were farmers, and some don’t even have guns. And before the battle of Lexington and Concord, I really don’t get the point of this whole Minuteman thing. Since a war does not just start in a minute. You have got weeks and weeks to prepare for a war.

It was not until a few days ago, the majesty sent out 700 soldiers here to America, to capture the rebel leaders. John Hancock and Sam Adams, they were also here to confiscate hidden weapons of the Americans. A guy named Paul Revere spotted two his majesty’s soldier, and rode to towns around Boston warning the people, “The red coats are coming!” Of course I wouldn’t call his majesty’s soldier red coats, but that’s what Revere called them.

The next day, which is yesterday, the Minuteman and his majesty’s soldiers met at Lexington. One uniformed army stood in neat rolls, pointing their guns forward, into emptiness. While the other unorganized “army” hid behind bushes, trees. Not one army was afraid of the other. Nobody knows who fired the first shot, but that shot was “heard around the world.

The British army easily defeated the Minuteman at Lexington. But later on at Concord, a stronger force crushed the tired and wounded British soldiers, all 700 British royal troops died.

The American’s guerrilla warfare defeated the 700 British troops, who has four times the fire speed as the Americans.

That is why I sat here in the sofa all afternoon. I do not know if I should join the patriots, since it looks like they are on the winning side. Or should I stay with the British, since if I join the patriots, and the British wins the war, I will be punished heavily for being a traitor. I don’t know, and I am afraid to ask my family for their opinions. Since they will think I’m going out of my mind.



Battles of Lexington and Concord


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First Journal Entry – the Acts


First turning point, the acts (Sugar, Stamp, Townshend, Tea)

I am a loyalist living in America. Why am I a loyalist? People always ask me, my answer to them is simply because I do not want to be in the British’s way. Their army is experienced. And they have the best navy in the world. I am very rich, and if the British attacked me, I would loose all of my wealth and property. So siding with the British is a protection for me.

The Boston tea party just happened yesterday, and I cannot believe how far the Americans have gotten since the French and Indian war. I remember before the seven years war, when the colonists first sat up a community here in America. I was a little boy, and my family was one of the first groups of people that were sent here from Britain. I thought this was a place for new hope and dreams. People were happy here, and the goods we produce here were sent back to England. America and England were good friends. But soon, the population began to grow here in America, and the people needed more land, the people needed more food, and the people needed more raw materials. The British is not providing the colonists the basic survival needs. And the adults were angry and wanted war with their mother country, England.

The French sided with the Americans and fought the British for nine straight years; this war was called the Seven Years War, even though it lasted nine years. The war finally ended, no surprise, the British won. During these nine years my family and I fled back to Britain, and as soon as the war ended, we came back to America, and I came back as a fine young man. I do not like the colonists in America; I think the British king should have control over them. But I did not come to America to make friends; I came here to make money.

After the war, the British needed money, so King George III decided to tax the colonists. They call it the acts. The first act that was introduced was the sugar act, where all sugar products had a three pence tax on it. I worked as a tax collector. And all the tax I collect went back to the British government. We were constantly attacked and taunted by the colonists, but we held on to our jobs, as all other loyalists did.

The sugar act did not work out as the British wanted, since no one paid the tax. The British decided to introduce the second act, the Stamp act, where all documents had to have a stamp on it, to become a “legal” document. The government taxed the people on these stamps. Instead if only effecting the merchants, this act effected everybody.

Since this act affected nearly everybody, more people started to protest. Colonists were outraged, and curses were heard on streets. The colonists were so mad that they stopped trading with the British, and merchants started shipping supplies from other nearby countries, even though the profit dropped significantly.

Soon afterwards, the British king decided to repeal the Stamp Act, but they then introduced the third act, the Townshend act. This act affected even more people than the Stamp act. Since this act taxed on every-day items, like paper, glass, paint and tea. And the Colonists stopped trading with the British again.

The British needed money fast, so about a month ago, the king of Britain teamed up with An East Indian Tea Company and created a law that forced the colonists to buy tea from them, the Tea Act. Many merchants lost their jobs, and the Americans were ready to fight.

Many weeks passed, and still no one bought tea from the East Indian Company, and their cargo ships sat there in the harbor untouched. This is a good time for revenge! A team of colonists disguised as Native Americans snuck onto the three East Indian Tea Company cargo ships filled with expensive tea from the Far East. The colonists poked holes in the tea crates with their weapons and threw them overbroad. One million pounds worth of tea were dumped yesterday’s night. And Both the Americans and the British now are preparing for war.

I, myself am writing this journal now, because I know something revolutionary is about to happen soon. I can feel the war like atmosphere now, and it is the exact same feeling I got when my family and I left America and fled to Britain when I was little. Will the colonists win this war, and start an independent country. Or will we, the British win this war, and the colonists will be treated like animals in British prison. This war is unavoidable, and I have to get my family to a place safe, before its too late.




Patriots protesting on streets



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Demonstrate understanding of how motifs contribute to the central idea or the theme(s).

Matt Beam, author of Can You Spell Revolution, used a variety of motifs in his novel. The most common one used was the Baseball Diamond meetings. The group Revolutionists meets in center of the baseball diamond every other day after school, to discuss their research and their next “Act of Dissent” (33, Matt Beam). These meetings are where the reader gets to know all about the characters and their thoughts. And their meetings foreshadow important events later on the story and revise passed events. This motif contributes to the central theme because these meetings are “secret and student organized”(65), which is the overall theme of the story.


Beam, Matt. Can You Spell Revolution? New York, NY, U.S.A.: Dutton Children’s, 2008. Print.

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This found poem shows how an incident in a story causes the protagonist to make a decision.

In Matt Beam’s Can You Spell Revolution, students at Laverton Middle School started a group called the revolutionists, to help make positive changes in school. The most important rule they follow is that the group must be kept secret. In class, they are not allowed to look or talk to each other, as it will raise suspiciousness of the group.

Well, this rule was not kept for very long, until someone saw Chris, a class nerd, passed a note to Susan, the most popular girl in school. People surrounded Susan and started to ask her all sorts of questions. Susan has to act quickly, or else the group is busted.

Susan announced that the note is a love note, since that is the only thing that would distract the people from the truth. But the important thing is, “the Revolutionists are still together.” (Beam p82)

Beam, Matt. Can You Spell Revolution? New York, NY, U.S.A.: Dutton Children’s, 2008. Print.

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