The effect of this tax could be seen as a positive or a negative. When it comes to the research the tax has affected the country in a negative way, simply because the war was fought because of taxes that were seen as not needed as well the fact that the country fought the British to oppose taxes, and then Washington turns around and imposes a tax on the people after what they sacrificed to fight for the right to be free of taxes and to be supportive of their new government was tough because people did not have money to pay taxes at
The Americans faced taxes such as the Sugar Act, Stamp Act and Townshend Act due to Britain having to make up for the money they had lost to war. The people of America essentially felt that Britain was being unreasonable “for imposing taxes on us without our consent”. The taxes were passed by Parliament in which there were no American representation. This lead to Americans protesting the taxes that lacked representation and the Virginia House of Burgess stating that "the taxation of the people by themselves, or by persons chosen by themselves to represent them... is the only security against a burdensome taxation, and [is] the distinguishing characteristic of British freedom". The Stamp Act caused Americans to protest and refuse to buy or import British goods.
The only problem is the British spent so much during the war that prices needed to rise. Knowing that the subjects of the crown in Europe would not be happy about high taxes after the war the British decided to tax the Colonists in America. The British ruled these taxes as fair because the war was fought over land in America instead of Britain, therefore the Americans should pay the highest amount of the taxes. This did not go well with the Americans. Already agitated by the British Crown and rule taxation was considered theft for a war they didn’t ask for.
After all the taxes and limitations were placed onto the colonists, they were angry and wanted war, this is shown from the tarring and feathering of the British and the disregard of taxes and acts placed on them by the British, many of the colonists used propaganda to support the cause such as Thomas Paine’s book “Common Sense” or Paul Revere’s paining of the Boston Massacre, these were both used as effective propaganda to anger the colonists against the British, but if these were not created, the revolution would not have had as much strength, and might have died down, which would have avoided the war or if people had listened to the colonists that did not want war or loyalists that showed that there was a way to resolve the differences without violence, as shown in James Chalmer’s Pamphlet, “Plain Truth”. Another way the war could have been avoided is if the British had signed the Olive Branch Petition, as shown in the Second Continental Congress meeting, which would give the colonies independence from Britain and there would be no need for the war. However, this did not happen, the British declined the Olive Branch Petition and went to war with the colonies. These sources show that there was many ways other than actions that the Revolutionary War could have been avoided. To sum it all up, there was many ways that the Revolutionary War could have been avoided, such as the British not being unfair to the colonists, or the colonists not rebelling against the British.
Historians believe that one major reason for this was that the American Revolution showed that Britain could be defeated on the battlefield and at sea.. Without the hammer that Britain could raise as a threat, it could no longer simply dominate negotiations with enemy forces. At the same time, Britain's shipping was vulnerable because of the amount of merchant ships converted into war ships; loss of colonies decreased production. This exposed the jugular of Britain, to be very nearly ripped out by Napoleon less than a decade later. The amount of respect the Britain lost by losing a civil war was enormous and resulted in a weakened position at the negotiating
The American Revolution started because of the tension with the british government and the American colonies. The Americans were under the rules of Britain. The Americans were furious by how they were being treated and controlled by the British. The English were putting high taxes on the Americans and they got mad because they had no say in the matter. Then they had no representation of saying whatever they wanted and they couldn’t speak their mind because they weren’t allowed, however they could start a rebellion to speak to the British and make their voices be heard.
Secondly, Britain will only leave the future generations with debt. Lastly, the British rule has tyrannized the colonies for too long. One reason Paine gives the colonies to take up arms again Britain is because America would not have any enemies. Britain’s enemies, are America’s enemies, because the colonies belong to Britain. Paine writes “We have boasted the protection of Great Britain without considering that her motive was interest, not attachment; and she did not protect us from our enemies on our account; but from her enemies on her account” (Paine, 1776, p. 326).
Jefferson’s action demonstrated his ability to regulate foreign relations successfully in this circumstance. Although Jefferson successfully managed the Barbary pirates, the Embargo Act was not a success. The Embargo Act was passed in 1807 by congress, it led to the devastation of the economy. Jefferson did not act upon this law in which had caused chaos. When Congress replaced this act with the Non-intercourse Act, this led to a trade war in which provoked the War of 1812 during James Madison’s administration.
Lincoln also had to ensure that foreign countries did not come to the aid of the south during the Civil War and the effort to free the slaves. Britain and France were Lincoln’s biggest concern when it came to solving diplomatic problems. British manufacturers and shippers made huge profits off the war so the lack of cotton coming into Britain was a small inconvenience in comparison. The war effort lasted longer then anyone could’ve imagined. Lincoln needed fresh troops for the Union army, so he signed the Enrollment Act into law.
After the French and Indian War, Britain needed money to pay for the war debts. So, they decided that to raise money they can tax the colonists for lead, glass, paper, tea, and much more. Many acts were passed that said that the colonists have to pay for certain goods. The colonists thought that Britain did not have the right to tax them. So, they started protesting, boycotting, and many things that can have negative effects for the British.