Lesson 3: Religion and the Fight for American Independence
Religion offered many American revolutionaries moral approval of their opposition to British rule. Not all religious sects or religious believers, however, supported the Revolutionary War. Using primary documents, this lesson explores how religion aided and hindered the American war effort; specifically, it explores how Anglican loyalists and Quaker pacifists responded to the outbreak of hostilities and how the American revolutionaries enlisted religion in support of the fight for independence.
How did the leaders of the American Revolution employ religion to support the war effort?
How did different religions react to Revolution?
Discuss and analyze how the leaders of the American Revolution employed religion in the war effort.
Explain the particular problem the Revolutionary War posed for Anglican clergy.
Discuss how Anglican "loyalists" reacted to the Revolutionary War.
Discuss and debate how General George Washington dealt with Quaker pacifism during the Revolutionary War.