In the United States today, the name Benedict Arnold is a known synonym for “traitor.” During most of the war, he impressed both the British and the Americans with his skills and strengths. He was once a Patriot, but he is now known as one of the most cowardly traitors of America. He won many significant battles for the Americans, but that does not mean that he is a hero. He turned to the British for his own selfish reasons and his actions were unfair to the American people. The known reason for Arnold becoming a traitor was his lust for money.
The colonist didn’t like the laws the British made so they did many disastrous things the British didn’t like so as things kept getting worse it led to the American Revolution. The two British laws that the colonists thought were unfair are being taxed on sugar and paper, and the amount of taxes increasing. “ The madness begin in 1764 when Parliament passed taxes on sugar and paper”(unknown,1774). It all started in 1764 when the parliament started putting taxes on items and the colonists didn’t like it. The colonists thought this was unfair because they were getting taxed on out of nowhere.
After winning the French and Indian War, the colonists were not very happy with Britain. They weren’t being given the rights they deserved. They fought in a war to colonize in the West, but due to the Proclamation of 1763, they couldn’t settle in the land they had just one. Yet, the British still had to pay money for the war, so they forced the colonists to pay taxes on paper, tea, sugar, and more. Without the rights they deserved and being overtaxed, the colonists were outraged and a group called the Sons of Liberty formed and rebelled against the British.
As a result, colonists printed and used their own currency instead of Britain’s. However, as a response, the Parliament passed the currency act, which forbade colonists from the production and usage of their own currency. Expectedly, colonists were outraged and “many Americans interpreted the British government's interference as an infringement of their right to self-government.” Although colonists were not plausible in their belief that their rights had been violated, but nonetheless Britain has cut off yet another way for the colonists to relieve their economic burden and created more hardships and struggles for the colonists. The Currency Act proved to be hindrance, mainly because colonial demand for currency was high due to usage of currency in order to conduct trade. And Britain’s very limited issuing of currency thrwated colonist’s effort to profit.
The King has felt it unnecessary for us as colonies to have representatives in his council. The Crown has placed the taxes so heavily on us that we have boycotted over and over and yet he has still not realized why. Case in point, the tea act it was not the heaviest tax on tea but it just enough to establish a difference consequently store owners boycotted buying tea. Then when that did not work a few people took it upon themselves and dumped the tea in the bay.
Abigail and John are both contrasting figures to these views because they commit sins, lie, and create the image not of what is expected in the Puritan religion. The purpose of these characters created by Miller was to show the restrictions of the Puritan society and how people sought out power because of grudges they held. The four sources given, explain that many but not all people have trouble upholding the expectations put upon them. In the end, John’s individualism cost him his life, and Abigail's forced her to flee Salem Village. BUt, if both characters had upheld their religious expectations, would the Salem Witch Trials have even
The wealthy colonial families were angry, but didn 't burn houses down. Wealthy colonial families, mostly reacted writing angry letters or threatening anonymous letters to the British. Colonist is insulting their majesty. Families saying the Stamp Act was unfair and unconstitutional. People who were protesting made a new secret organization the Sons of Liberty.
The massacre changed the lives of the families and friends of the victims of the massacre, and it also changed the lives of the soldiers. The laws and protests during the time of the massacre were almost as horrific as the massacre itself. Most of the laws were set to tax the Colonies so that Britain could pay their debts, but they did not work due to the boycotts the Patriots had used to protests them. The Townshend Acts, created by Charles Townshend, were a taxation of all of all of the goods that were imported into America. The acts were so outrageous, that it eventually led to the Boston Massacre.
During the submission of the Declaration there was a war already going on between England and the colonies from enormous taxes without the colonist approving of them, housing England soldiers without a choice. They also had the outbreak of war in 1775, England’s corrupt society, falsely accusing people of crimes and not getting a trail which they deserved. Did Thomas Jefferson think of the whole document on his own or were there other documents that contributed to the Declaration of
Americans won their independence because they continued to fight. Again and again during the war, they reached points when they could have thrown in the towel.” (Kelly, Jack)The harsh outcome of war can have a very negative affect on people, especially civilians, however, the American’s persevered. The American’s may have had the odds against them in number but because of their courage, strength and perseverance we were able to push through the war and come out victorious, earning our freedom once and for
They rejected the British government 's argument that all British subjects enjoyed virtual representation in Parliament, even if they could not vote for member of the Parliament.” This means that the colonists did not enjoy the Parliament so they rejected Britain 's argument because they did not agree with it. Some people started hinting that there was dark designs behind the Stamp Act. The thought that “the tax was a gradual plot to deprive the colonists of their freedoms and to enslave them beneath a tyrannical regime.” People were very worried about this and they did not want it to happen. They just wanted to live in America with their
As Colonists we were justified in breaking away from the British. We were being taxed heavily, and we were not given representation in parliament. We needed to stand up for what we believed in and fight for our rights by gaining independence from Britain and establishing our own country. Since we did not have representatives in Parliament that could speak about and vote on the taxes, our rights were repeatedly violated. The many taxations and laws passed by parliament had a grave affect on every colonist with only benefit for the British.
Having a weak central government created a whole new set of problems. After analyzing the Articles of Confederation the weaknesses outnumbered the strengths. Such as states not having to obey the laws and ignore taxations because they had no authority to enforce them. Congress did not have the power to collect taxes from the each of the states, that was one major weakness especially during the Revolutionary War because instead of getting the money they had to ask the states for money and the states said no. At that point the government should have put their foot down and enforced a new law, their troops were fighting for their freedom and these people didn’t care.Instead the government in response had no money to pay for the war so they printed money causing inflation and soon money became worthless.
I don’t think the colonists committed treason because they were being treated unfair by the British government. I can give many examples of them being mistreated by the British the first is that they were taxing the colonists a lot after the British’s war (Mr. Riikonen). That’s unfair because the colonists didn’t even start it and the colonists were getting punished by the British for no fair reason at all. The colonists were not only mistreated but they
Parliament is taking advantage of the power they have. All British citizens are granted that their basic right but when they do not have it fulfilled but the citizens in Britain do, it is not fair to the colonists living in America. “Colonists…look upon this unconstitutional method of Taxation as a direful attack upon their Liberties & loudly exclaim against the violation” (5). The majority of the colonists think that the colonists taking away their basic right is a direct attack against them that it’s not fair. They will protest, make agreements, and create peer pressure so that communities would boycott against the taxes together to protest the unjustness in the