Rebellion Against Government Many words are associated with the word “rebellion.” These words may include “disobedience,” “anarchy,” “instability,” or “teenagers.” A word that should be included in that group is “justified.” Throughout history, people have often been deprived of the rights and freedoms that they deserve as citizens. Some may say that the most effective way to become free of oppression is in the form of insubordination or an uprising. Rebellion against government is justified only if the people of a nation are being deprived of their natural rights to live and better their lives. This has been the case in many revolutions in history, including the French and American Revolutions. Rebellion is not always justified, but can be …show more content…
The people of France tried to resolve issues peacefully but the king cared only about his power and acted at the expense of the citizens. According to the French Revolution portion of the Encyclopedia Britannica Online, the bourgeoisie wanted to have political power and the peasants did not want the feudal system to continue (French Revolution 2). A large meeting was held to discuss and solve issues, but, “rumors of an ‘aristocratic conspiracy’ by the king and the privileged to overthrow the Third Estate led to the Great Fear of July 1789.” (French Revolution 2). With the king of France being unwilling to actually resolve any conflicts, the only choice that was left was to overthrow the government as a whole and rebuild it into being a more fair and just system. Again, people need freedom and happiness in their lives in order to be satisfied with their ways of living, and the appropriate response to that lacking in their lives is to remonstrate against the burdensome …show more content…
The American Civil War is a great example of an unjustified revolution. According to the American Civil War section in Funk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, the primary focus of the Confederates who wished to leave the Union was to maintain the right to own slaves (Civil War, American 1). However, owning slaves prevented the people who were sold into slavery from having their natural rights, which does not exactly qualify as true freedom. The Civil War is well known as being the bloodiest war in the history of the United States of America. This is because somewhere between 750,000 and 850,000 soldiers died during the American Civil War (Civil War, American 1). The so-called “right” that the Confederates wanted to maintain was certainly not worth losing that many lives over. Causing death to allow people to be abused and killed even more is not a justifiable concept in any place in the
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For example, in the Boston Massacre, the citizens of the colonies were outraged by this event and felt insecure by those who ruled them because now the British were now sending soldiers to kill them. From The picture that can be seen in Document 4, it displays a scene in which the British soldiers are firing upon the Boston colonists- essentially the Boston Massacre. The colonists are represented as defenseless and within the picture, and to see that the crown's soldiers attacking them at random, it can be examined as an act of tyranny. It is one of these reasons that the colonists were justified when they rebelled. Another example why the colonists were justified in their actions to rebel against the English “tyrant” was due the quartering act.
Many would rather sit back and go with the government’s rules, than go against the government. Going against the government takes lots of time and dedication and also can be misfortunate to the one who goes against the government. Going against the government can result in torture or even death for those revolting. People who tend to go against the government go against it because of their beliefs. Most who rebel believe that what the government is doing is wrong.
The Reign of Terror The French were losing the war, and Europe was weakening them. The Jacobins were afraid that the anti revolutionaries would ruin all their efforts. As a result, they expelled the declaration. They had police roaming the streets for anyone that may be against the revolution.
The French Revolution was an uprising against a violation of the individuals? way of life. The bankruptcy of the monarchy by King Louis XVI ultimately disrupted the stability of the social, cultural, and religious structure throughout the region. It was this instability that led to the collapse of what had been a stable and powerful political and social structure for centuries. [4: .
Has anyone heard about how the colonist fought against the British? Most definitely you sure did, but have you come to think why the colonist fought them? Well, because of the fact that the Colonist was being under the control of Britain and no longer wanted to be, under anyone's control. So, the Colonist were justified to revolt against the British. I believe they were justified to revolt because, British violated the Colonist rights, the British impacted the Colonists' economic opportunity, and the Colonists' life and liberty was impacted.
John Locke was a key figure in the Enlightenment (which was at its peak at the time of the revolution), who stated that the government’s duty was to secure the rights of the people with the consent of the governed. If the government fails to do its duty, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to create a new one. Essentially, this was what the American Declaration of Independence revolved around; it calls out King George III on his acts that violates their values of equality and their unalienable rights and declares the independence of the thirteen
Britain was forcing the colonists to house the British soldiers and there was no compensation. The British government also violated the colonist’s rights by restricting trade by preventing other nations from purchasing products form the North American colonial market. Obviously, the Founding Fathers were justified in rebelling because the British government was taking advantage of the colonists. Parliament applied various taxes, and forced the colonists to house British soldiers which violated the rights of the colonists.
The French Revolution was a drastic time for the people of France. In 1789, the majority of people were living in poverty and dealing with terrible conditions. People were split into three estates: the first, second, and third, the first being the wealthiest. Political, economic, and social situations were what contributed to people’s desire for change. The three main, or biggest causes of the French Revolution, were taxes, inequality, and lack of reform.
Throughout the novels Night by Elie Wiesel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee and Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton, there are clear themes of rebellion, revolution or both. A rebellion is defined as an effort by many people to change the government or leader of a country by use of protest or violence. It may also be defined as open opposition towards a person or group in authority or the refusal to obey rules or accept the normal standards of behavior. A revolution is defined as a forcible overthrow of a government or social order, in favour of a new system. It may also be defined as a radical and pervasive change in society and the social structure; it is usually sudden and accompanied by violence.
For example, Han Dynasty experienced multiple rebellions caused by social tension created from social classes. The Yellow Turban uprising was a serious rebellion that caused havoc throughout China and weakened the Han Dynasty. Most rebellions are from peasants or lower classes who have no chance of improving their lives. Social groups like the satraps frequently rebelled against the imperial government in the Parthians. Another rebellious group was the Greeks and caused the Persian War.
They also fear that having their opinions and needs being disregarded, and be forced to abide by the British’s rule unfairly. As a result, they choose to rebel because they want to be independent and prevent further mistreatment from the British. According to documents five, six, and seven, the King of Britain is a tyrant and sullen-tempered. The colonists fear the tyranny they will be exposed to if they were still under the British’s rule. The colonists are expected to blindly comply to the laws
King Louis XVI, who was the ruler at the time, was a main contributor to these problems that led France to its downfall. The country had a massive lack of resources and food, which led King Louis XVI to borrow more money than he could afford, thus putting the country in immense debt. Despite the very visible crisis overthrowing the country, the king was incapable of accepting his mistakes and refused to change his ways. He maintained the unjust voting system, known as the Estates-General, and worsened the taxing system in order to pay off his debts. The people, especially those of the Third Estate, were clearly angry and dissatisfied with the state of the country, which led them seek out a movement for what was right.
A rebellion is open resistance against a body that this is not necessarily violent. Therefore rebellion is a constant in history. Indeed it can be committed by an individual or a group, meaning there are more instances of a rebellion than meets the eye. Yet there has been dispute regarding the causes of rebellion throughout history. The modern era has been perceived by some, like Darnton, to be unique in causation because of the greater dissemination of ideas.