This very easy for the colonies to do based on their shared disapproval of and abuse from Britain and its rule. The colonists believed that they had to defend their liberties and that Britain was taking these from them. Richard Henry Lee describes how the colonists want to defend these liberties as led to their unification in his letter to Arthur Lee, “N.America is now most firmly united and as firmly resolved to defend their liberties ad infiniturn against every power on Earth that may attempt to take them away” (Doc 3). This demonstrates that not only are the colonists ready to fight to attain their liberties, but work together afterwards to protect them from anyone who intends to take them, thus supporting the idea of the colonies as not thirteen individual independent states, but one unified state. This idea of a strong unification greatly supported by Document 6.
His urgency to join came from his feeling that the country “no longer [had] any room for hope” and could only find peace by fighting (Henry 2). The sense of no hope creates a want among those at the convention to join the war to try and take back what they came to America to find. Many found this to be a very strong point as to why they needed to fight for their freedom. Henry’s speech is generally seen as the most persuasive, however, some may argue that Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence is the most persuasive because of his emphasis on having tried everything to gain the freedoms they wanted under the King’s ruling, but have failed. Jefferson mentioned how the colonists “Petitioned for Redress in the repeated Injury” against England (Jefferson 3).
Thomas Paine is effective in explaining his reasoning for wanting to be an independent nation and telling loyalist why it's better to leave. Paine takes down the British loyalist argument by taking apart each part of their reasons for wanting to stay British. Each time Paine states one of his arguments when he starts his paragraphs he states the loyalists reasoning for backing the English. As the paragraph goes on he dismantles their arguments and gives his reasonings as to why he doesn't agree with loyalists. He will start paragraphs off with statements such as;”We have boasted the protection of Great Britain, without considering, that her motive was INTEREST not ATTACHMENT”, and “But Britain is the parent country, say some.
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.
Colonial America is facing struggles from within and from the British, but are still trying to maintain neutrality. However, Patrick Henry believes in otherwise and being fed up with British actions against the colonies, expresses his thoughts in his “Speech in the Virginia Convention.” Henry is biased since he is an American and sees the British as the enemy, but this is also in a time where tensions between colonial America and Britain are rising as the colonists revolt. Patrick Henry utilizes rhetorical strategies such as rhetorical questions, antithesis, and parallelism to bring forth claims that they must go to war against Britain since all the possible ways to try to prevent war have been exhausted and ineffective. Moreover, he makes the audience believe that America must go to war against Britain and nothing else will work to prevent it, by using rhetorical questions. Henry wants to know why “…force must be called in to win back our love?” (Henry).
The Americans condemned the British Empire restricting their trade and taking sailors to serve on the British side. Lastly, the United States was avid to prove their independence from the British Empire. Before 1812, Indiana’s territorial governor William Henry Harrison led U.S. troops to victory in the Battle of Tippecanoe. Consequently, this defeat convinced many Indians that they needed British support to prevent American settlers moving them further from their land. Pressure was mounting on the President at that time John Madison.
In Thomas Paine’s pamphlet he uses a great emotional appeal to convince the colonists that fighting back is the right is the right thing to do. Patrick Henry’s speech has many instances where he uses rhetorical questions to point out the wrongs of the British king and prove that war is the only point. Common Sense and “ Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” no doubtedly helped shape the American
During the 1760s and the 1770s, there was a major problem growing between the two countries: Great Britain and America. The founding fathers of America were in a confusing situation about the tension between the two countries and had to come up with something to do to solve the problem. The major problem at that time was how the colonists were getting treated by Great Britain, and regardless of whether the colonists should declare their independence from Britain. With the creation of Common Sense written by Thomas Paine and the Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson, both documents explain why America pushed to declare their independence from Britain. Many people say that Thomas Jefferson used no books, documents,
The American Revolutionary War came about after decades of grievances on the part of the American colonies, grievances which were put in place by the British Parliamentary system. The lack of American representation in parliament paired with the multitudes of acts designed to take advantage of the colonies were cause enough for the colonies to revolt and to overthrow their government. There are few who would disagree with the American’s justification for the revolution, would Locke be one of them? No he would not, the American colonies were fully justified under Lockean reasons for revolution, considering how long they endured the grievances and the legislature that was passed against them. Locke laid out the types of legislative and executive
People may ask why the americans desired independence, but that was not originally what they wanted. Nowt that time has past and the United States Of America are now an independent nation, I believe that declaring independence was a great idea because of the successful things it has helped create. The Americas was a great opportunity for many British who wanted to start a new life in the Americas. Except it was soon found to be a terrible idea after the amount of taxes they made them pay for necessary things apart of their culture. In the evidence it states, “After months of protest in the colonies, Parliament finally voted to repeal the Stamp Act in March 1766.