Coming of the American Revolution banner pastiche of images from MHS collections

The Coming of the American Revolution: 1764 to 1776

× The Sugar Act The Stamp Act The Formation of the Sons of Liberty The Townshend Acts Non-consumption and Non-importation The Boston Massacre The Formation of the Committees of Correspondence The Boston Tea Party The Coercive Acts The First Continental Congress Lexington and Concord The Second Continental Congress The Battle of Bunker Hill Washington Takes Command of the Continental Army Declarations of Independence

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Visit the Lessons section of this website to find lesson plans based on the primary sources featured on the website. The lessons were created by educators who have held teacher fellowships at the MHS, as well by members of the Education Department.

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Contact the Education Coordinator at to learn more about programs, workshops, and fellowships for K-12 educators. For programs specifically related to the coming of the American Revolution, you can also visit the Related Programs & Opportunities page of this website.

Who is John Rowe?

John Rowe was a British-born merchant who moved to Boston as a young adult and became a successful businessman. The Massachusetts Historical Society holds a collection of Rowe’s diaries, kept from 8 September 1764 - 18 July 1779. The extensive entries note his opinions on the Stamp Act and other tariffs, his involvement in merchant, town, and other committees protesting the treatment of the colonies by the British, his reactions to the Boston Tea Party, the outbreak and progress of the war, the end of the Siege of Boston, and the evacuation by British troops. Rowe also commented regularly on his social life and the activities of prominent Boston and Massachusetts personalities of the day. For more information about John Rowe, or to view selected entries from his diaries, visit the John Rowe section of this website.

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