The chapters of our textbook, America: A Narrative History, written by George Brown Tindall and David Emory Shi, takes us on a historical yet comparative journey of the road to war and what caused the American Revolution, an insight into the war itself, and a perception to what life was like in America after the war was over. The essays of the book, America Compared: American History in International Perspective, collected by Carl J. Guarneri gives us a global context and a comparison between the North and South Americas in the dividing issues of labor, slavery, taxes, politics, economy, liberty, and equality.
After years of being controlled by the French, the thirteen American colonies thought that the Seven Years War would be their salvation. While the British did defeat the French and gain the territories in the colonies, it was not the answer the colonists were looking for. The British gained complete control over the colonies. The colonies were tired of being restrained and saw a new destiny for themselves: freedom. The results of the Seven Years War were united colonies and a drive for independence.
Between the years 1750 and 1776, England was locking down on the colonies, imposing lots of taxes against the colonists such as the Stamp Acts and Townshend Acts. Tensions were high between England and the colonies and the idea that a Revolution might take place wasn’t out of the question. And it was between those 25 years that colonists in America began to find a sense of unity and a sense of their own individual identities. To find both a sense of unity and their own identity, the colonists banded together in the face of adversity, they also found a sense of identity and unity due to a lack of a sense of belonging, and through the passing of the Townshend Act.
The landing of British troops in the colonies brought America closer to its revolution. In 1768, the British Navy landed 4000 soldiers in the Boston harbor in an attempt to maintain order and end smuggling operations. The soldiers, needing housing were quartered in the houses of the New England colonists according to the Mutiny Act.
The American Revolution lasted from 1765 to 1783. This war was fought between the British and American Colonists due to the colonist’s desire to separate from the British. The devastating war was brutally bloody for both the Colonists and the British. The American Colonists were able to defeat the militarily stronger British by utilizing the hatred between the British and the French, having a stronger general, and using their knowledge of their homeland to fight against the British.
From 1763 to 1783 American colonist shifted the governing of the colonies from the British monarchy into the hands of the individuals elected by the colonies. Prior to 1763 the British Parliament imposed Navigation Acts following the ideas of Mercantilism, but due to salutary neglect these acts were never truly enforced by the British on the colonies. After the 7 Years War, which ended in 1763, the British finally turned their attention back to the colonies and worked to enforce their taxes and laws upon the colonies which lead to the changes seen in America in the following decades.
It looked as if the colonies were embarked upon an unequal war. A population of two and half million (20 percent of whom were slaves), without an army, navy, or adequate financial resources, confronted a nation of eight million with a professional army, large navy, and vast wealth. Yet many colonists were confident and determined. They believed in the “natural courage’ of Americans and in God’s divine protection.
In a time when conflict was rising between America and Britain leading to the first shots at Lexington and Concord sparking the Revolutionary War, and the powerful Federalist Party fell out of favor for a new and improved Republican party. It is in this context that the search for change was set in the heart of each and every American man and women. Two significant changes in the violent protest from 1763 to 1791, the outcome that ensued from the elite fearing the common people and the enemy who the common people targeted their anger at.
The North American colonists were content with their status under British policy before 1763. The mid-1760s marked the end of the Seven Years War, known to the Americans as the French and Indian Wars. By that time several changes in the metropolitan government’s policies started to arouse discontent in the colonies. British governance after 1765, as complained by the American colonists, exploited them economically, lacked colonial consent, differed in their conception of imperial organization, fell short of constitutionality, dominated them in military terms, and rescinded the policy of religious tolerance. Such changes
The Revolutionary War had many causes and was very complicated since it was slowly drawn out over many years before war was officially declared. America and England had been in conflict for many years before the war started, which contributes to why there are a vast number of causes. Until the war began, many were very opposed to the thought of war, but Britain’s actions slowly changed the minds of the people. Assumed British control and exaggerated military aggression over the colonies after over one hundred years of freedom while the British did not govern them sparked belief in independence from the king and a new strive for Liberty. The combination of Taxation without real representation, British Military aggression, and the aftermath
The French and Indian War was a significant turning point for the continental British colonies and their mother country, Great Britain. Not only did the French and Indian War establish British dominance over the French presence in North America, it also set forth the series of events in which the colonies began to break away from King and Parliament. Although the colonists had a strong sense of nationalism for Great Britain before and during the French and Indian War, after Britain 's victory, the economic, social, and political structures in the colonies began to change; shifting colonial views.
Before the Great War the country of Canada was still considered quite young in relation to the other nations of the world, having only became one not only fifty years before the assassination if Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand, and the declaration of war between the allied forces of Great Britain, France and Russia and the central powers of Germany, Austro – Hungary and Bulgaria. This would send a shockwave around the world more particularly with in Europe as they had no real idea of what would come in the next four long years. With Britain declaring war, its colonies all around the world were dragged in with it. From Canada all the way to Australia, the small upstart nations were forced to fight and even die to defend the honor of its mother country.
The Second Great Awakening was designed in such a way that it provided a deeper conviction among believers and non-believers. Primarily, the Second Awakening was designed to restore individuals who had previously believed in God, but had digressed from the course of faith for some reason. A plethora of revival meetings were held during this period to assist individuals to make up their mind and mend their ways to return to God. These groups organized prayers to assist the church to seek God fervently. Moreover, the Great Awakening rekindled the need to increase the number of missionary societies to participate in the spread of the Gospel.
When looking at the social and political changes that took place during the early American colonies you can see a steady progression towards ideologies that would lead to the Revolution. When you have different levels of government being put in place by the states depending upon their needs, where rural areas had different court systems than more urban areas, you see a level of independence for governance that the colonists began to see the benefit of having, separate from the rule of the Crown. To counter this increase in independence. the Crown implemented ever changing political positions that could be assigned to those who were loyal to the Crown and the social hierarchy that was prevalent in Britain at the time. These actions of corruption
The American Revolution, lasting from 1775 until 1783, was the inevitable war that resulted in the American colonies’ independence from the mother country, England. Social and political grounds, supported by economic reasons, were the main origins of the Revolution. The colonists felt strikes at their freedoms in their colonial governments and as English subjects. The British government imposed many taxes upon the colonists without their consent. It instituted oppressive laws and proclamations, and prevented the colonial governments from performing their duties. As a result, the colonists felt strikes at their individual rights, as the British government did not represent or respect them. As the colonists