During the Colonial Period there were many complications involving the British rule and how much power the king should have since he was trying to rule from thousands of miles away. The king sent troops and placed taxes on common luxuries, but there was so much he could do before the people of the American colonies got angry and wanted to fight back. Two influential writings at that time were Thomas Paine’s Common Sense and Patrick Henry’s speech “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” . They both encourage the colonists to join the revolutionary cause by using rhetoric. Both works are well know and they made a lasting impact in the Revolutionary War and in the nation’s history.
Edward Mitchell 10/22/2016 English 10 Essay Unit 1 Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson played a large role in motivating the fight toward freedom in the weeks leading up to the Revolutionary War and immediately following it. Each believed in the fundamental right to be free from rule. Patrick Henry appealed to the people’s fear of war. Thomas Jefferson was able to convince people that together, they could form a new nation. The writings of each man reveals a very chaotic time in America’s history and the leadership, determination, and boldness of Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson ensured that when change came, the people were ready for it.
Locke wants people to stand up for the rights that they deserved. Jefferson wanted to create a government contract for the people, which would allow for them to become an independent nation. Locke’s declaration creates revolts and made the American people start thinking about what they wanted for themselves. His declaration caused damage to the great nation until Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence which united the people. The social contract in John Locke’s declaration is the State of Nature.
The outcome of this war affected America’s foreign policies, economy, and society as a whole. The first important effect the war of 1812 had was the way it changed foreign policy for America. One of the major problems before the war, was the way Britain forced neutral nations trade to go through British authorities first. Not only that but they’d take American seamen and force them into the British navy. This whole ordeal caused great upset in America and cause them to put up a bill that stated they would cut off trade with either Britain or France if the other dropped their trade restrictions.
“We must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight!” (Henry 103). This speech by Patrick Henry was delivered before the Revolutionary War in an effort to persuade the colonists to go to war immediately against Britain. Patrick Henry’s “Speech to the Virginia Convention” used logos as the most effective persuasive technique because it appealed to the reasoning of the colonists and questioned the British intentions. Henry used logic and common sense to persuade the colonists in his pre-Revolutionary War speech.
Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense to convince the American people that they needed independence from England. In order to make it widespread and popular, the pamphlet had to be accessible, with language that everyone could understand. Of course, the language that was considered accessible in 1776 isn 't necessarily accessible in 2018. Enter Lin-Manuel Miranda (she says in parentheses). His musical, Hamilton, modernizes Common Sense 's wordy view on America: the country is on the brink of chaos because being England 's income creates pointless enemies for America.
This idea of a strong unification greatly supported by Document 6. This document consists of what colonies will send to Massachusetts to help support it after Britain as imposed a set of harsh taxes on it. This shows that not only will the colonies unite to separate themselves from England, but also to make sure none of them struggle with the hard British rule, showing that their unification is more than just to attain freedom, but to create a lasting bond. Additionally the picture in Document 1 shows that if the colonies try fight as separate entities they will die, but if they join together they will be successful in their attempt to separate from
‘“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.”’. According to the pamphlet, “The American Crisis”, by Thomas Paine, the need for the American colonists to act against Great Britain is due to Britain’s overpowering rule and the need for a revolution to change the faith of the colonists living in dismay. Thomas Paine describes the overpowering rule of Great Britain as detrimental and destructive to the American colonies. “...declared she has a right… TAX but ‘to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER’ … is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery on earth.” The analogy of the American colonists as slaves demonstrates the harsh living situations they were subjected to which creates ethos in the work by
The American Revolution was not justified because the Patriots were not justified to rebel by what they based their justification on, which was British “tyranny.” The colonists reaped many benefits under the British Empire, and some of these benefits prove that the Patriots were unjust to act violently because they did not receive advantages as British subjects. When the colonists moved to America, one of the main goals in mind for the British was to live out the theory of mercantilism. Mercantilism is the belief that if a nation could produce something desirable that couldn’t be produced in other lands, then that nation could make their trade profitable. By colonizing America, the British would be able to access an abundance of resources in
I 'd like to add the fact that the definition of what we refer to as our freedom of speech wasn 't clearly specified at that time. This allowed federalists wiggle room to twist the meaning in their favor and create a debate against the democratic-republicans. The definition came under great scrutiny from the federalists with them claiming that they should be able to protect themselves from false or malicious words. Fortunately, in the long term Thomas Jefferson was elected president and in his inaugural speech gave Americans a definition that supported their right to think and write without