Many philosophers believed that the government had too much power over the people and they began to work to change that. For example, John Locke believed that people should have natural rights such as life, liberty, and property and that the government should not take away these rights and instead should protect them. If the government did not protect these rights the people could overthrow the government. This idea changed everything because in the end it influenced the English to use this idea in their Declaration of Independence to break away from Britain. Montesquieu was another philosopher who helped make the Enlightenment a turning point.
Thomas Paine had many reasons for America 's need to separate from the British Empire, beginning with the fact that Great Britain was taking advantage of America by using America only as a source of new commerce or a new investment, instead of truly caring for the colonies. In addition to taking advantage of America, another reason Paine said to fight Great Britain was because, although they protected America, Great Britain was only fighting for their own investment in the colonies, instead of for the people within the colonies. The colonies were also persuaded by Thomas Paine in "Common Sense" to separate themselves from Great Britain because the only reason the colonies were connected was through the mother country (England), and the colonies
Thomas Paine was persuasive to the colonists using pathos by saying he believed that they were by no means ready to be prepared towards the revolt. This was used as a outright demand for independence from Great Britain. “We were unwilling to raise an army, and trusted our cause to the temporary defence of a well-meaning militia.”
While Europe is considered the center of the Enlightenment, the best practical application of its ideas happened in the American Revolution. In the colonies, the people did not like being taxed since they did not have legislators in Britain. They also became upset with the idea of an absolute monarch. The Enlightenment idea of the sovereignty of the people becomes the fuel for the revolution. Moreover, after the fighting was finished, American free-thinkers were guided by principles of the European philosophes.
Henry wants the audience to understand that they are in enslaved to Britain. The delegates are not on the same page as Henry so he is trying to get them on board with the idea of standing up for our country and joining together as a people to separate from Britain for good. Henry has to use a more persuasive tone and not be pushy with his speech since the audience is not on board with his argument. Henry has to appeal to the audience in a way that he knows can reach them. Patriotism is a way he can so he uses that in his argument.
Patrick’s Speech to Virginia Convention was in 1775 attempting to convince the people that no one cares more about patriotism, God, and their country more than he does. Patrick Henry’s most persuasive technique is pathos because he is using what the people want most, what appeals to them more, and their emotions, to convince the audience. It is important for Patrick to persuade the colonists because it is his obligation
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
Paine used logos in the most effective way to urge more people of the congregation to join the revolution. By laying out battle plans, consequences and rewards he relaxed a worried people's fears for battle; and by reflecting on past successes of a miniscule army, he insights hope in the apparent underdog. “After reading Paine’s work they had a better understanding of the desire that had gripped so many of their fellow colonists. The thoughts of loyalists changed due to Paine’s writings.” (DeStefano,
They felt that they shouldn't be restricted to expansion when they were just victorious in a recent war. The colonists viewed this new policy as an infringement on their basic rights and many ignored it and moved into the prohibited area. Other colonists figured that the proclamation was only a temporary solution. These events along with many other future restrictive measures by the government would start the American Revolution, which would forever change and shape our country by giving the colonies their independence from Great
This is due to the inalienable nature of rights that Americans believed they were born with, such as the right to property. Due to this, the Federalist movement could not be argued to pursue a liberal agenda as their aim was to remove the dominance of state sovereignty and instead, install an elected national government. I would argue that it is a stretch to suggest that the Federalists feared the power of the state legislators, but rather they chose to not underestimate its role. The creation of political conventions where the common man voted, sought to sidestep any potential resistance that the states could have applied. By choosing to create an entirely new political structure in the form of the national conventions, the Republicans were being proactive in their strategy of eliminating the opposition, rather than reacting to their fear of the state legislators.