From the Stamp Act to the Boston Tea Party, tensions between Britain and its 13 New World colonies slowly but surely ratcheted to extreme levels in the 1770s. Finally, on July 4, 1776, the Founding Fathers — after much heated debate — decided to ratify the Declaration of Independence. King George was infuriated, and the American Revolution was on. In this United States history quiz, do you really know how the world’s sole superpower came to be?
Sure, George Washington is often credited as the guy who won the war for the Continental Army. But did you know that the “father” of the country was actually not a great strategist? In warfare, his primary strength was tenacity and perseverance against a larger and better-equipped British force. What else do you think you know about the Revolution and the men who led it?
The tumult of the Revolution had barely ended when another war began. Do you know which war it was, and how it affected America?
As the republic grew and spread, it gained new territories and settled them with wild abandon. How much do recall about the frontier era and its politics?
In the 20th century, the U.S. dealt with major turmoil at home and abroad, grappling with basic human rights, voting issues and a Communist foe that just wouldn’t go away.
Take our U.S. history quiz now! Maybe you’ll tap into your inner Thomas Jefferson and ace this tough challenge, or maybe you’ll “John Tyler” yourself into the oblivion of disgrace!