Colonist Revolution Dbq

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“Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness”, these words by John Locke shaped the 19th century and beyond and became the key principles to many societies. The colonist battle for freedom against the British during the American Revolution became a global rallying cry for liberty and independence which made a global connection both ideologically and economically. 1776 was the beginning of oppressed people all around the world to stand up and stop what they know is wrong. The beginning of the colonist revolt was a written document written through a magazine article called the “Copy of the Association”. This article was published in the newspaper for the colonies to explicitly say that they were boycotting all the British goods and what all…show more content…
The French Revolution was almost an exact replica of the American Revolution. The French were also and oppressed people and wanted a change. The French were under a monarchy so the only option they had was to overthrow their king a create a republic. Their society was split into two groups. You had the Upper class society and the Pheasants. The pheasants were being taxed for everything and it was getting to the point where they couldn’t make a living and were losing their land. The despot they had as a king was not treating everyone he ruled with fairness. The French justified their revolution by following the same principles as the colonists did. They had the same reason to revolt as the colonist did, they both felt like they were being oppressed, overtaxed and felt like they were…show more content…
They formed a republic based government which means they had a two house legislature with a president. They believed the people should have say in the government so if the people did not approve of what the government was doing or who were in the government the people could take control and adopt a new system or a new cycle of people they thought fit for their country. The document with all the rules of their government is called the Declaration of Independence. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,..." This quote was taken from the declaration of independence and it explains that it is a person's right, to alter the government if they feel like it is being destructive or if it becomes
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