Tea, Taxes, and The American Revolution: Crash Course World History #28

  • Published on Aug 2, 2012
  • In which John Green teaches you about the American Revolution and the American Revolutionary War, which it turns out were two different things. John goes over the issues and events that precipitated rebellion in Britain's American colonies, and he also explores the ideas that laid the groundwork for the new American democracy. Find out how the tax bill from the Seven Years War fomented an uprising, how the Enlightenment influenced the Founding Fathers, and who were the winners and losers in this conflict.(hint: many of the people living in the Colonies ended up losers) The Revolution purportedly brought freedom and equality to the Thirteen Colonies, but they weren't equally distributed. Also, you'll learn about America's love affair with commemorative ceramics and what happens when rich white guys take the reins from reins white guys, and put together a society of, by, and for rich white guys.
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Comments • 5 899

  • Christine Ramsey
    Christine Ramsey 2 days ago

    This video is very biased against the British.

  • ivan lau
    ivan lau 12 days ago

    In New York you can be a new man!

  • Javier Palma
    Javier Palma 12 days ago

    I'm from Costa Rica and I am really sad about Count Chocula no longer existing :(

  • Dipti Gapat
    Dipti Gapat 13 days ago


  • Drew R
    Drew R 15 days ago

    To be clear- yes, the US only extended participation in government to a percentage of the population, but this was a massively unique and radical move towards democracy. There's no reason to belittle this. Also, to be clear- the British instituted slavery and were probably the most dominant and brutal colonizers, the world around.

  • syrinxdude
    syrinxdude 16 days ago

    Wow. An anti-American screed by an Eric Foner acolyte. Go research elsewhere instead of this Howard Zinn ADHD mess...

  • Jesus Orozco
    Jesus Orozco 17 days ago +1

    So much PC cringe. lol.

  • Life Explained
    Life Explained 17 days ago


  • british people yellow teeth

    You forgot to say that jefferson and washington wanted to abolish slavery but couldn't due to fear.......

  • David Booth
    David Booth 23 days ago

    A president must know how to wear a suit and how to bowl! Oh yeah and also be a billionaire!! Plus what about the equal rights of the native Americans?

  • Thomas de Boer
    Thomas de Boer 28 days ago

    The Netherlands already in 1579 denounced king Philip II of Spain by default and came to form a government not gouverned by a monarch ( the Republic of the Seven United Provinces). And the Pilgrims shortly fled to the Republic to leave it shortly afterwards, as there supposedly was 'too much freedom' here. So the revolutionary American Revolutions seems not that revolutionary.
    I'm just saying.

  • Aquib Shamshad
    Aquib Shamshad 28 days ago

    Deae John,
    I highly admire you but the statement you made that "Mountain Dew is better than Tea" 'The Tea', has made me so so sad.
    May be as most Americans if they ever drank or it should be said 'Take Tea' they do so in form of Ice Tea, and Doesn't truly know what the real Tea is, I invite you to India and have Tea our way(although it isn't Indian way, mostly learnt by China and British mixing Milk in that and ofcourse no tea bags)
    Tea Lover make him listen.

  • Alexa Cratum
    Alexa Cratum Month ago

    Seriously , tea is not english at all.

  • Students Account
    Students Account Month ago


  • Life Explained
    Life Explained Month ago


  • Amanda Lockridge
    Amanda Lockridge Month ago

    "This was back when a congress actually did things, by the way, and it was *awesome*."

  • Shaun
    Shaun Month ago

    Sướng good l đi

  • xXInfinityDiesXx
    xXInfinityDiesXx Month ago

    When everyone in the comments are talking about Hamilton and not Assassin's Creed 3
    *sad Connor noises*

  • K. Charles II
    K. Charles II Month ago

    Your terrible at speaking this subject and a waste of time for educating the subject

  • gstrummer g
    gstrummer g Month ago

    well done!!

  • rajivunome
    rajivunome Month ago

    Video starts 0:56

  • Lilou ou
    Lilou ou Month ago +6

    "all men are equal" * except black slaves who are cattle, *except women who are cattle, *except poors who are rich's bitches.
    Regarding equality, not that much change in the end!

  • Lilou ou
    Lilou ou Month ago +5

    "all men are equal" * except black slaves who are cattle, *except women who are cattle, *except poors who are rich's bitches.
    ahahah YEAH what a major advance regarding equality.... Not that much change in the end! At least some European countries like France had abolished slavery in their mainland since centuries (Louis X), that was actually equality as no other nation had quite ever had it.

  • AlyssaC
    AlyssaC Month ago +1

    Not one mention of Alexander Hamilton? :o

  • Jason Dutcher
    Jason Dutcher Month ago

    Hey Mr. Green I have a question. I read somewhere that the British made slavery illegal to disrupt the French slave trade and to give them a reason to openly attack french ships. Is that true?

  • Ellie Harrington
    Ellie Harrington Month ago

    Thomas Jefferesons coming home

  • Pissed off brit
    Pissed off brit Month ago

    If America won the revolutionary war how come the U.S has to pay the queen of England subs each year ???.....p.s I'm half Brit half Yank

  • Alex Rator
    Alex Rator Month ago

    England: Stamp tax
    America: No stamp tax!!!
    England: Tea tax
    America: No tea tax!!!
    England: I Give You Some Colour See-See!
    America: It’s color, bro...
    England: [RAGE QUIT]

  • Thomas Knoll
    Thomas Knoll Month ago

    You forgot the Royal Proclamation of 1763. This is arguably why "No taxation without representation" became the rallying cry of the colonies-- it disallowed settling beyond the Appalachians because England didn't want a war with Native Americans. This, in many colonists' minds, disproved the British argument that Parliament represented all of Britain and its colonies even if they didn't have votes. Many colonists would have been fine with the the tax if they had been allowed to settle the land they just fought and died and proved themselves for.

  • iqra munawar
    iqra munawar Month ago

    is there urdu version of crash courses available on youtube????

  • Audrey the cat nerd
    Audrey the cat nerd 2 months ago

    America does have its own tea, y’all just refuse to admit sweet iced tea is a thing

  • Ariel Vang
    Ariel Vang 2 months ago


  • Ariel Vang
    Ariel Vang 2 months ago +1

    Do u know crash course kids???

  • Ariel Vang
    Ariel Vang 2 months ago +1

    Your cool

  • Couldn'tthinkofausername 2

    18th Century America:
    Idea: "All men are created equal"
    Reality: ......And we specifically mean white men. White american men, but only landowner men can vote because they own the land. Women don't count. Oh, and those immigrants. We don't like them because their accents and cultures are weird. .............Don't even get me started about the Africans!

  • laurie26t
    laurie26t 2 months ago

    hahahahah you said: i speak french like a woman idiot (idiote) lol

  • Dark_Matter 061
    Dark_Matter 061 2 months ago +1

    try not to cringe

  • Jaheim Lewter
    Jaheim Lewter 2 months ago

    5:02 - 5:54

  • Estelle DeJesus
    Estelle DeJesus 2 months ago

    Would you drink the tea? I drank it at school during this play-like thing, it was good

  • dave h
    dave h 2 months ago

    This is how Americans,war,and paying taxes worked back then 1765,. Britain won a huge, history changing war against France,thinks it should be paid a bit towards it,colonists refuse 1776,colonists go to war with Britain,France then helps them win a huge history changing war against Britain, few years later, France thinks it should be paid a bit towards it,usa refuses 1798 USA goes to war with France over taxes paying for a war which again,saved their asses.,(hold on,there's a pattern forming here,thought it was all about freedom and liberty)

  • The Soviet Union
    The Soviet Union 2 months ago

    When Britain makes a stamp tax, but doesn't know that it'll help fuel your fire of independence.
    America: *laughs in freedom*

  • lenigood vibes
    lenigood vibes 2 months ago +1


  • UtilityGaming
    UtilityGaming 2 months ago

    This didn’t help

  • Darrian Weathington
    Darrian Weathington 2 months ago +3

    *YEAH MERICA!!!* take that England! Ima drink my Japanese made mango-peach white tea like a manly American... with honey.

  • Inyoung Curry
    Inyoung Curry 2 months ago

    you guys did a good job but i was looking for things about the boston tea party and i got nothing

  • Jacob Robinson
    Jacob Robinson 3 months ago

    Who's here after AC 3 remastered and wanted to know some more information?

  • t o
    t o 3 months ago

    2:29 me at school 24/7

  • Brett Rueter
    Brett Rueter 3 months ago

    This might be nice for 1st grade students, but this was not a trivial
    encounter. As a retired teacher, It seems that our educational system
    has dumbed down this encounter by telling about the famous "ride of Paul
    Revere " and "the British are coming, the British are coming. Why are
    the British coming ??? Most adults I have talked to have no idea what
    happened after this. This was a gun control enforcement action. By the
    end of the day 4000 farmers from many surrounding towns had killed 770
    British regulars. Most of the British soldiers had walked 30 miles, the
    last fifteen in retreat and had to be rescued by another British
    regiment out of Boston. This was the British trying to impose GUN
    CONTROL on the the people of Massachusetts. Remember Lexington Green.
    Tax after tax did not start this war. It was this GUN GRAB and losing
    770 regulars to a bunch of colony farmers.

  • Daisy
    Daisy 3 months ago

    Je parle français comme un idiot

    I speak French like an idiot

    parles bien le français
    Not true
    you speak french good

  • Wilfredo Ortiz
    Wilfredo Ortiz 3 months ago

    My niece loves these videos because they real help her get ahead of her class

  • rolen bonner
    rolen bonner 3 months ago


  • Swasome58
    Swasome58 3 months ago

    Independence day was a great movie. Don't talk about the second, though. ;-;

  • Swasome58
    Swasome58 3 months ago

    John, I'm sorry to tell you this, but you mispronounced something before the intro.

  • Catherine Sebiri
    Catherine Sebiri 3 months ago


  • Cindy S.
    Cindy S. 3 months ago

    Prayer U has correct figures that can be verified by several independent sources.

  • Cindy S.
    Cindy S. 3 months ago

    This site has misinformation on their numbers. Thirty percent slaves in what year???

  • Not Dave's Channel
    Not Dave's Channel 3 months ago

    John doesn't really go into it here but it's worth pointing out England (by this time Britain) had a degree of power-sharing between the Crown and the aristocracy + the wealthier commoners, that other European nations didn't have. It was a Consitutional monarchy (albeit with a more powerful monarch than today ). To modern eyes it looks like a narrow oligarchy but to Brits on both sides of the pre-1776 Atlantic, it was startlingy different to France or Spain, even if the poor still got screwed.
    The end result of that was that what the Founding Fathers were initally demanding was what they saw as their rights as free-born Englishmen, who just happened to live in the Americas and therefore couldn't inherit a seat in the House of Lords or buy one (literally) in the House of Commons, or even vote in a British election. Obviously there was the whole issue of the Proclamation Line as well but the Bill of Rights (the English one) basically said "No taxation without Representation" and the wealthier colonists were saying "and that includes us".
    The fact that they came from that political tradition is part of why their revolution produced (eventually) a Constitution that's still around today, while revolutions in South America tended to devolve into instability or despotism.

  • My Opinion
    My Opinion 3 months ago

    Lol. Very interesting.

  • Logan Ingram
    Logan Ingram 3 months ago

    how bruh know everything

  • Zineb Nounou
    Zineb Nounou 4 months ago

    You are talking so fast, I am in race with you sir, but thanks

  • Marie Kondo
    Marie Kondo 4 months ago

    America hypocrites. No tax on tea but tax citizens on everything else.

    • Evan Pangaribuan
      Evan Pangaribuan 2 months ago

      What if USA lost war in revolutionary war or remained in British Empire? Would the world becomes better? I heard French revolution would never happened & Napoleon would never rule France then WW I & II would never be happened

  • cam tvn
    cam tvn 4 months ago

    unit 5 whap test today wish me luck :')

  • Derek Lately
    Derek Lately 4 months ago

    u suppose to love freedom duhhhh

  • Becka
    Becka 4 months ago

    Pls do the Russian revolution!!!

  • Transpirater 376
    Transpirater 376 4 months ago

    Liberal #3464981-theta

  • DJ Lee
    DJ Lee 4 months ago +1

    Going for lunch today

  • Jennifer Chapman
    Jennifer Chapman 4 months ago

    3:14 Jack Black!?!??

  • Canadianboy 109
    Canadianboy 109 4 months ago

    Your right I am Canadian

  • jaylen townsend
    jaylen townsend 4 months ago

    this vid isnt bad i learn something

  • Hakeemollah Karimi (407hakkari)

    9:55 Well, actually, the Islamic Empires were the epitomes of equality and equity.