Parliament responded in 1774 with the Coercive Acts, or Intolerable Acts, which, among other provisions, ended local self-government in Massachusetts and closed Boston's commerce. Colonists up and down the Thirteen Colonies in turn responded to the Coercive Acts with additional acts of protest, and by convening the First Continental Congress, which petitioned the British monarch for repeal of the acts and coordinated colonial resistance to them. The crisis escalated, and the American Revolutionary War began near Boston in 1775. The Boston Tea Party was one of the first acts of defiance by the American colonists and is a defining event in history.
The colonists disliked the way they were being treated by the British. Small arguments have led to larger fights that got to the point where America started to fight for their independence. II. The Boston Tea Party One
Moving Toward Independence “The blood of the slain, the weeping voice of nature cries, ‘TIS TIME TO PART” (Thomas Paine, 1776). This quote from Thomas Paine’s pamphlet, “Common Sense,” urged Americans to claim their independence from the mother country. Prior to that, Samuel Adams emerged as the leader for angry American colonists whose loyalty to England had dwindled. In addition to these revolutionists, a very effective boycott of British goods was organized by members of the Virginia assembly acting independently after the assembly had dissolved. Thomas Paine’s writings, Samuel Adams’ leadership, and boycotting British goods greatly altered Americans’ perception of Britain and brought about the Revolutionary War.
These laws were called the Intolerable Acts by the colonists. These laws were considered extreme by the colonists as they closed Boston Harbor, made it so all law cases pertaining to British officials had to be held in Britain, banned town meetings, and made Massachusetts colonists house and feed the British regulars. The colonists thought this was an unreasonable reaction, but in all reality Britain really should have done this
He believes their actions regarding the Boston Tea Party were unacceptable. There were plenty of other ways to rebel against the Tea Act. The Sons of Liberty were acting inappropriately during the Boston Tea Party. By, going through with the Boston Tea Party only made life for the colonists brutal. As a result of the the disobedience of the Sons of Liberty, the Coercive Act (also known as the Intolerable Act) was launched.
Introduction The American Revolution was a rebellion fought by the 13 colonies against the British, for the freedom of the colonies. There were many causes, such as interference from the government, the enlightenment and turmoil in Boston, but by far the biggest cause was governmental interference. While the colonies generally had control over the way they were governed, over the years the British government introduced more and more policy that affected the Americans in ways that they felt violated their rights, and led them to revolt against their oppressors.
The many Imperial Policies placed on the colonists by England between 1763 and 1776 resulted in mass protest from the thirteen colonies. The colonists resisted the many Acts and Taxes placed on them by forming rebel groups and using many methods to try and undermine British authority. They also did not agree with England’s government and sought to create their own. An analysis of British Imperial Policies in the late 1700s reveals that they intensified colonial resistance to British rule and fortified their commitment to republican values.
King George’s ambition of this act was in pursuit to take over America, or, more importantly, the Patriots. The Sons of Liberty planned to boycott tea. Consequently, this grew into a great
Although these two men have striking similarities, they changed the world in two totally different ways. Jackie Robinson broke the professional sport color barrier and promoted black rights, while Paul Revere instigated riots like the Boston Tea Party and kept the minutemen in
They viewed these acts passed by Parliament as a violation of their rights. This can be supported by the resolutions passed by the First Continental Congress. From the excerpts of the resolution states that, “…the following acts of Parliament are infringements and violations of the rights of the colonists; and that the repeal of them is… necessary in order to restore harmony…” (Doc. 5) These were the feelings and sentiments during this time
Claire Turner American History Test I The American Revolution The Second Continental Congress declared independence from Great Britain in 1776 because they were being treated with unfair and unjust taxes and laws. The Second Continental Congress was a representation of the colonists and colonies as a whole, to Britain. In the beginning of the Congress the majority wanted to stay loyal to “The Crown,” and make peace with it.
The Intolerable Acts: The Breaking Point Two hundred and forty-one years ago, British Parliament passed the Coercive Acts which not only punished the colonists’ defiant behavior but also sparked a war that would change the world forever. The Coercive Acts were a series of four acts that punished the colonists for the Boston Tea Party, they would be restricted until they paid for the tea they dumped into the harbor. The Coercive Acts are a series of acts that were in direct response to the Boston Tea Party that punished the colonists for this event, led to the need for another continental congress meeting, and ultimately impacted the decision for the colonist to declare independence. First, the colonists were punished for the Boston Tea Party. The colonists were punished for the
The people of Boston were very angry to say the least as exhibited in the quotation above. Written for people that did not experience the Stamp Act the passage very clearly states how violently the colonists acted toward the Stamp Act. The colonists acted this way to the enforcers of the Stamp Act and tax collectors. The acting out, the break ins... and these events were not at the time just happening in Boston. All up and down the east coast colonists against the Stamp Act acted very similarly.
These protests were not left to protest peacefully, however, as events like the Boston Massacre occurred at many protests. The British soldiers in the colonies took to violence and even to gunfire to stop the mostly peaceful protests of rights. The colonists took this angrily, and wrote in their grievances, “That they have a right peaceably to assemble, consider of their grievances, and petition the king; and that all prosecutions, prohibitory proclamations, and commitments for the same, are illegal” (U.S. Cong.). Congress, trying to not make the same mistakes as Britain, wrote that all people could protest peacefully without any violent recompense, and that they had the freedom to do so. They said, in Amendment 1 of the Bill of Rights, “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” (U.S. Cong.).
These boycotts against British shipping were the best manner for the colonists to demonstrate their distain for British rule. In Virginia, the boycott of the ports was a significant move that ultimately pushed the citizens in the area towards independence. The other cause that pushed the gentry to revolution stemmed from the unforeseen consequences of their boycott of British shipping. This would result in their protests of 1774 turning into the revolutionary movement of 1775 up until the Treaty of Paris in 1783 that ended the war, giving independence to the United States (Holton xviii). Referred to as Non-exportation, this protest was directly against the Coercive Acts that Parliament adopted for the colonies (Holton 124).