American Revolution

Divide or rule: Benjamin Franklin's cartoon, published in the Pennsylvania Gazette, 1754.

By the end of the Seven Years War in 1763 Britain had become a global power for the first time. But the conflict’s colossal expense and the high-handed approach of British politicians led to the loss of America, writes George Goodwin.

How did literacy encourage slave rebelliousness after the American War of Independence?

The American Bar Association's Magna Carta memorial at Runnymede.

In no country is Magna Carta held in greater reverence than in the United States. Alexander Lock examines its crucial role in the founding of the republic’s political and legal system and looks at the Charter’s transatlantic transition.

'O! the Fatal Stamp': a response to the Stamp Act published in the Pennsylvania Journal, 1765.

A tax on Britain's American colonies was introduced on 22 March 1765.

Lloyd's Evening Post front page, 10 August 1796

America was always newsworthy in the 18th century, but, writes Wallace Brown, the emphasis was on exotic items, heroic or villainous.

Before and after his surrender at Saratoga, writes Aram Bakshian Jr., Burgoyne had a lively career as a commander in Europe, a politician and dramatist in London, and a figure on the social scene.

Richard K. MacMaster examines the 'crack in the Liberty Bell'.

Soldiers from Britain, France, Germany and Poland contributed to the success of American arms during the Revolutionary War, writes Aram Bakshian Jr.

Liston and his wife enjoyed their years in America and, writes Esmond Wright, considered themselves “well employed in the work of conciliation.”