I need to write an essay for my U.S. History class. I Of course, I don't want anyone to do it for me. But I just need some information about it.Write a well-organized essay that explains how the...

I need to write an essay for my U.S. History class. I Of course, I don't want anyone to do it for me. But I just need some information about it.

Write a well-organized essay that explains how the Americans won the Revolutionary War. Your essay should include at least four paragraphs. Remember that you will be graded on content, organization, and mechanics (grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure). Submit the brief essay to your teacher by the due date to receive full credit.


  1. When the American Revolution began, it looked like the colonies faced insurmountable odds. How did a ragtag band of volunteers without a proper source of funding for food and equipment manage to overcome the most powerful army and navy in the world?

How did each of the following contribute to the success of the American Revolution?

  • George Washington’s leadership abilities
  • Geography
  • Foreign assistance
  • Colonists’ spirit and attitude 
Expert Answers
corinnedolci eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Great question! Let's start with a general essay tip: most often, if you read the prompt closely, it will organize your essay for you.

Note that the instructions indicate that "Your essay should include at least four paragraphs," and later in the prompt, you are given four topics:

  • George Washington’s leadership abilities
  • Geography
  • Foreign assistance
  • Colonists’ spirit and attitude 

Boom! There are your four paragraphs. All you need to do is add an introduction and a conclusion if you really want to get an A+.

Note that you will be graded on "organization" and "content." A simple way to organize your essay would be to let each paragraph be about one of the above bullet points, then include the content you have been learning about in class. Here are possible topic sentences to guide your paragraphs:

-George Washington was a wealthy, established leader at the time the Revolutionary War started. (Then provide examples of how he was "wealthy" and an "established leader" within your paragraph.)

-The colonists had a better understanding of the geography of the colonies than the British. (Then describe the geographical advantages the colonists took advantage of.)

-The colonists benefited from foreign assistance, especially from the French. (Then describe assistance the colonists received).

-The colonists were personally invested in the war, while the British soldiers were fighting for a salary. (Then describe the colonists' motivation to win the war).

thanatassa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The prompt tells you to write a four-paragraph essay discussing four topics. What that means is that each paragraph should address one of the topics. Also, the prompt gives a very strong sense of what your teacher believes are the correct answers, and thus to achieve a good grade you should simply respond with the answers the teacher is suggesting you give rather than thinking about the issue independently. The four paragraphs should cover:

George Washington’s leadership abilities: The first thing you might focus on is his charismatic style of leadership, which encouraged soldiers to stay with him and fight even against overwhelming odds. Next you might discuss his skill in logistics and military organization. Finally, you might comment on his tactical skills.

Geography: First, the colonists had the advantage of living in North America rather across the Atlantic Ocean, and they knew the terrain very well. Next, much of the terrain was heavily wooded and thus best suited for the more flexible tactics of the colonists as opposed to the more formal massed charges of the British.

Foreign assistance: The French provided substantial assistance to the colonists in the war.

Colonists’ spirit and attitude: The patriotic zeal of the colonists made their soldiers very dedicated, and they also had substantial local support.

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that you can get some basic ideas here and expand upon them in your essay along with the resources that you have been given in class to assist you.  The first would be that the Colonists fought with a sense of purpose that the British might not have possessed to such a degree.  The Briitish soldiers were paid to fight, including the use of mercenaries to this end.  The Colonists fought for their own reasons, money not being present.  In this light, the Colonists found themselves more willing to sacrifice for the goal at hand.  In this light, the Colonists knew and understood the geographic conditions of America better than the British.  The English fighting force was not used to fighting in such varied terrains and climates as what they found themselves fighting in this new world.  At the same time, I think that the British had done a good job of making enemies all over the world, so when it became evident through the Battle of Saratoga that the Colonists might actually have a chance of beating the British army, foreign aid came in different forms.  These reasons are more complex than what was presented here, but supplementing them with the analysis offered in primary and secondary sources and in class instruction will help you develop these points into a solid essay.