Period 3: 1754-1800

Key Concepts

Key Concept 3.1 — British attempts to assert tighter control over its North American colonies and the colonial resolve to pursue self-government led to a colonial independence movement and the Revolutionary War.

Key Concept 3.2 — The American Revolution’s democratic and republican ideals inspired new experiments with different forms of government.

Key Concept 3.3 — Migration within North America and competition over resources, boundaries, and trade intensified conflicts among peoples and nations.

Must-Know Review Terms List

List of Factual Content for the APUSH Test (Revised 2017)

  • Seven Years War/French & Indian War
  • Virtual representation
  • Republicanism
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Patriot
  • Continental Army/George Washington
  • Thomas Paine’s Common Sense
  • American Revolution
  • Declaration of Independence
  • "republican motherhood"
  • Articles of Confederation
  • Constitutional Convention
  • Constitution
  • Federalist/Anti-Federalist
  • Federalist Papers/Alexander Hamilton, James Madison
  • Bill of Rights
  • George Washington
  • John Adams
  • Federalist Party/A. Hamilton
  • Democratic Republicans/Thomas Jefferson and James Madison
  • Northwest Ordinance
  • Northwest Territory
  • Spanish mission settlements
  • French Revolution
  • Quasi War
  • George Washington's Farewell Address

Factual Knowledge Quizlet for Unit 3

Study Resources

Gilder Lehrman Institute: Period 3

Revolutionary War Timeline at the Library of Congress

Creating the United States at the Library of Congress

Primary Sources

Common Sense (Excerpt)

Thomas Paine
1776

This excerpt is sourced from HERB at CUNY.1

In the following pages I offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments, and common sense. . . .