Loyalty or Independence-A card-driven game pitting two sides against each other to determine if the American Revolution takes place. You will be able to download the Cards Files, Card Backing Design, Game Rules, Game Board, and Discard Board. The Game Cards must be cut to be used. Purchase currently only available by mail/email. (contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
“Results rarely specify their causes
unambiguously” - Stephen Jay Gould
Understanding the American colonial path to revolution has occupied the intellectual effort of generations of historians—was it a civil war? Was it freedom resisting tyranny? Was it a manipulation to endure the economic status quo? It is no wonder that so many of our students should find the task of clarifying the causation of the American Revolution difficult. The goal of this card game is not to give students a list of causes but to provide the tools with which they may construct individual understanding.
Taking the side of Britain or the American Colonies, students are challenged to either achieve or prevent colonial independence economically, politically, and socially by manipulating key events, ideas, and realities of the colonial period. “Loyalty or Independence” seeks to balance historical certainty with individual choice, allowing for events to be delayed or removed, deepening understanding and playability.
The game culminates in an essay, asking students to synthesize and analyze contributing factors to the American Revolution, achieving a competence that satisfies Advanced Placement, Common Core, and general rigorous expectations—here, the student is tasked with an intellectual burden, developing a unique understanding and appreciation.
Products from the 18th and 19th centuries!