Once in America, the British fought many wars, including the French and Indian War in 1754, which left Britain in great debt. It was only fair to tax the colonies because the war was fought on American soil. It was only for the American freedom and to exile the French, but the Colonists took this the wrong way and declared the separation between them and the British Parliament. The Colonists should have never wanted independence from Great Britain, because in reality, Britain was providing freedom. “All they asked for was loyalty and money for debt due to the war’ (Gregg 1).
The American Revolution evolved from rising tensions between the British government and the 13 colonies who wished for independence. The people of America essentially wanted to be separated from Britain and desired self-government. An abundance of factors caused Americans to distrust Britain and there is not just one reason but many. The experiences of the Americans at the time, are what caused them to long for separation. Many people wonder, what were the most important causes of the American Revolution?
Colonists during the 1700’s were controlled by England without representation in Parliament. King George III passed multiple acts in order to pay debts from the French and Indian War. There were laws that placed taxes on daily items and required stamps on any legal documents in the American colonies. England felt they could tax their colonies and create a monopoly on trade, however, the colonists felt this violated the rights they had. In order to gain rights, the colonies wanted to be recognized as independent.
In addition, two revolutions are both caused by people who stood up against absolute monarchy. Then how could American Revolution accomplished more than French revolution? This is because, unlike French, Americans fought against the Great Britain to defend, preserve and return their natural (traditional) rights, which were originally theirs before the Great Britain colonized the land. On the other hand, French tried to change their already stabled government into government based on equality, liberty and fraternity, which is not existed at first (also called abstraction). Therefore it might be not as easy as change not stabled government into stabled
Revolutionary Speeches: A Common Purpose The revolutionary speeches composed of by Patrick Henry and Thomas Paine both have common goals in terms of the changes that they want made to the way of life for all Americans. The technique and manner in which the two conduct their speeches are significantly different, though. Patrick Henry’s speech is mainly to persuade the Virginia Convention to be more assertive toward the British government, and to prepare for war if the convention's voice was not acknowledged by them. Thomas Paine’s speech, “The Crisis: Number 1”, was also to written to persuade the American people. The speech’s main purpose is to persuade people to fight for their freedom.
The American Revolution was successful because it resulted in the creation of a new nation in America. On the other hand, British failed and this resulted in the loss of a part of its empire, and the sovereign land was granted to the Americans . These were some of the immediate effects of the revolution. The economy of America experienced instability and the position of the Native Americans, African Americans and women changed in the society. The freedom of the people was granted.
Between 1761 and 1776, the British crown created and enforced various laws in an attempt to reinstate sovereignty in the British colonies. The colonists responded with petitions, grievances, boycotts, and violence in order to defend their unalienable rights, liberties, and privileges as British subjects. Colonists believed laws such as the writs of assistance, Stamp Act, and Navigation Laws undermined their rights. Though these laws dealt largely with economics, the root cause of conflict was rooted in the British attempts to establish sovereignty and the political controversies between the colonies and their mother
I agree with many of Paine’s arguments such as the problems with a monarchical government and America’s potential to obtain independence. I feel as if Paine’s argument pertaining to the need for a just government to be the most compelling. The fact that humans are not perfect is the reason why we have to have order and a commonwealth. In conclusion, Common Sense was written by Thomas Paine to reason with the citizens of America, to persuade them to fight for independence from the British government. It began a popular yearning for independence that quickly swept the nation.
Great Britain went into debt after the French and Indian war causing them to have to find some way to make more revenue. In order to try to climb out of debt, Britain started to enforce new taxations and regulation such as the sugar, currency, and stamp act and the internal and external taxes (Brinkley, 112-113). With the taxations placed on the colonists there was a new found argument of “taxation without representation.” That was one of the main arguments for breaking away the Great Britain. Without that argument, the argument of the colonists separating from Great Britain might not have ever occurred. Another reason the French and Indian war helped start the oncoming American Revolution was all of the boycotts as a result of Britain trying to increase its revenue from the colonists and crawl out of debt.
The constitution was written to secure the rights and protect the people, “We The People,” of the United States as our fore-father, the colonist, have fought and declare their independence from Great Britain on July 4th 1776. Great Britain implemented injustice taxes like the Stamp Act to force the colonist to pay for debts they spent for the French Indian War. The constitution was written as a guide for the government to uphold their oath and to protect the rights of its citizens. However, many American today, 2016, believe that the government are progressively stripping many rights from Americans. The second amendment, the right to bear arms, is slowing being taken away.
In 1765, Prime minister Grenville introduce the Stamp Act passed by the British crown, and this act prompted the beginning of a lot of resentment from the colonists. For the colonists perspective, it was more than a political argument since every person in the colonies made their living by the use of paper products was affected by the Stamp Act. Not surprisingly, the colonist at this point were trying to decide if they would comply with the new laws. Also, there was a debate regarding whether the colonists were virtually represented by the highest legislature of government whom Prime Minister Grenville felt confident they were. The colonist disputed the fact and asserted that only direct representative had the authority to tax the American colonies.
One time the British passed a law that allowed the british soldiers to forcefully live in the colonists’ home! The colonies started out to benefit Great Britain, but after one war and lots of laws, the colonies were going to be part of a revolution. What was the American Revolution about? Economic Rights or Civil Liberties? On one hand the British instilled unfair regulations on trade and goods.
This tax was created by Charles Townshend on June 29, 1767 and imposed taxes on paints, paper, glass, tea, and other imports. The purpose of the Townshend Acts was to raise revenue in the colonies and to pay the salaries of governors and judges so that they would remain loyal to Great Britain. The Townshend Acts were met with great resistance which eventually resulted in the Boston Massacre of 1770. The British also passed a Quartering Act that demanded colonists to house and feed British troops upon their request. This ACT angered many colonists.