5 Strange But True Tidbits About The American Revolution.

5 Strange But True Tidbits About The American Revolution.

Your high-school history teacher probably didn't cover this in lecture.
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The War for Independence has always been an event greatly romanticized by the American people, but there are a lot of interesting things about it that you might not know. This past semester, I took a class over the Revolution-era, and it inspired me to share with you a list of #5 strange but true tidbits I learned about the American Revolution.

1. There was not one, but TWO Boston Tea Parties.

The tea party you've probably learned about happened in December of 1773, in which an anti-Loyalist extremist group called the Sons of Liberty dressed up as Native Americans and dumped approxiametly 90,000 pounds (342 chests worth!) of tea into the Boston harbor to protest taxation without representation. What you probably didn't learn about is that they reproduced the event one year later, albiet on a much smaller scale, and with a lot less flash.

2. Congress voted independence from Great Britain on July 2nd, not July 4th.

July 4th was when John Hancock donned the Declaration with its first signature; the actual vote that seperated the colonies from Britain passed two days earlier, on July 2nd.

3. We've basically always had a two-party system.

But instead of Democrats and Republicans, it was Federalists and Anti-Federalists. 'Federalist' was a term that meant a person was against a strong federal government; during the time when Alexander Hamilton and Co. were trying to raise support for the Constitution, they called themselves Federalists in an attempt to decieve people into thinking that they were not attempting to create a strong central government (which, of course, they totally were). What aided them further was the fact that their oppostition called themselves Anti-Federalists, which would mean that they were against anti-government -- and that was the opposite of what they were and people got confused.

4. Alexander Hamilton was involved in ELEVEN different duels.

Fun Fact for all you HAMILTON musical fans out there: the duel between Alex and Burr might have been his last, but it definitly wasn't his first. According to my professor, he was involved to various degrees in eleven other duels, including conflicts with James Montroe (1797), John Adams (1800), and George Clinton (1804). Son-of-a-gun just couldn't stay out of trouble.

Disclaimer: I myself couldn't find the sources to back up the fueds between anyone but Burr and Monroe, so take my professor's claim with a grain of salt.

5. The 'shot heard round the world' may have been fired by us. Whoops.

British soldiers had heard rumors of weapon stockpiling in the city of Concord, and, naturally, they went to shut it down. The whole 'ride of Paul Revere' thing happened, and so they were intercepted by members of the local militia at the nearby town of Lexington. The standoff was only broken when a bullet was fired -- the shot heard around the world; to this day, it is still unclear as to which side actually took the shot that effectively jumpstarted the War for Independence. In order to spur on support for the new Revolution, the tale had been retold so that the British soldiers were the ones that began the shooting.

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Finals week is finally upon us. The time every college student has dreaded all semester and there is no avoiding it. Let the stress, tears, and sleepless nights commence. Here's Finals Week as Told by Schmidt.

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2. You run into someone from your class and they ask you how prepared you are for the final.

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4. And then you get a call from your parents asking you why you've been so on edge lately

5. When you're three coffees deep at 2AM and believe everything will be okay even though you still haven't studied.

6. The day has arrived and it's time to take your first final so you give yourself a quick pep talk.

7. When you are the first one to finish the final early because you didn't study.

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8. Trying to pack while studying.

9. And then you start wishing you didn't wait until the last minute to pack because now there is no way your stuff will fit into your car.

10. When you get your first grade back.

11. And you have to tell your parents how you did in the class.

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Studying can get really boring after a while. It can also get less and less effective if you've been studying the same way for hours on end. Here are 3 helpful ways to study that I find to be the most effective!

1. Rewrite your notes

Rewriting your notes sounds very tedious but it works wonders. Rewriting your notes allows you to weed through the unimportant information and focus on the key points. It also lets you organize the influx of information your professor most likely sped through in a class period. If you're like me then you spend the majority of the class writing down notes as fast you can which makes it hard to retain what you're writing down. Rewriting your notes allows you to go at your own pace and focus on the information at hand.

2. Download the Quizlet app

Making a Quizlet is not only a form of studying in itself but having the app on your phone allows you to study anywhere. Take a 10-minute break from scrolling through Instagram and instead open up your Quizlet app to study a few flash-cards. I tend to lay in bed as long as I can before my next class and quickly flipping through my Quizlet beforehand is a big help. You can flip through it while eating at the dining hall or even walking to class. I would go as far as saying it's the epitome of technological innovation.

3. Make practice tests

Thankfully Quizlet also has a feature for making your own practice tests. But I do recommend taking a quick few minutes to open up a word document and making a pretend test. This allows you to go over the material you are struggling with and prepare you for taking the real test. This can also help with test anxiety. By making a practice test you're studying by making it and also studying by taking it. Plus you are more likely to not get nervous taking the real test if you've seen similar information in a similar format in your own words.

Studying is something that is hard to get yourself to do but it helps if you study in less traditional and more interactive ways. Make a Quizlet and have your friends quiz you or rewrite your notes in fun colors and add stickers next to the most important parts. Try to make it as less stressful as you can!

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