Most of the levied taxes and implemented laws are believed that they were unconstitutional and that Great Britain did not consider their opinions. As the tension between the British and the American colonists grows, the colonists become more fearful of the British’s rule. According to document five, the British has a huge advantage over the colonists because it states that they have the authority to make laws that the colonists must abide by at all costs. The colonists believe that there are only two choices to defend them - the colonists- from the enormous power: “choosing an unconditional submission to the tyranny of irritated [British officials], or resistance by force” (Document five). According to document four, the colonists were that they will become slaves to the British.
Essentially, Holton makes it seem like the British were more on the side of the Indians then they were for their own colonists. The Virginians took the land by force (Dunmore’s War) because Britain was not going to play apart in negotiating land. The built up anger amongst those land speculators led to them making one of the most important decisions in American history. Because wars generally violate treaties with Britain and the Indians, Virginia needed to declare independence to have the right to do what they pleased. Holton’s opinion opened my eyes.to different views of the American Revolution than was once perceived.
How Did the Whiskey Rebellion Affect the Country? In order to understand how the Whiskey rebellion affected this country we first need to understand what our country fought for during the Revolutionary War. We all know the war was for independence, but that was not the entire reasoning behind the war. There were three things that we fought against during the war the first was the fact that our country was being oppressed by the King. The second was tyranny, and the last was being the taxes being imposed on the colonies.
The Currency Act was originally created in 1751 and later modified in 1764. It was created to stop the American colonists from printing their own money, because Britain wanted to control the American colonies by making the colonies dependent on them. They used Acts to do this and so they could get their way. One of these Acts is the Currency Act which dealt with production of money. The Currency Act gave power of taxation to appointed officials not local leaders.
This Act required Taxed Stamps to be placed on printed materials. These stamps had to be purchased using the British sterling coin, which was not prevalent in the colonies. Colonist saw the pitfalls of this act and began to seek equal liberty with British Parliament. Not yet seeking independence, the colonist wanted British leaders to rethink how government worked. Opposition continued to rise as these ideals were rejected by Royal Rule.
Before Jefferson entered the presidential office he was a states rights supporter and when the tax on whiskey was placed he opposed it, saying “The first error was to admit it by the Constitution.” (Doc A). He didn’t like the constitution because of the fact that it would make central government stronger. When the alien act was passed he was opposed to it and said that the central government should only have a set of specific purposes and the leftover purposes should be left to the states individually. (Doc B) Determining the amount of time it takes to be a citizen, and the ability to jail people opposing the government was too much power to Jefferson. When he came into office he realized the necessity for more central power and took more matters into his own hands, he had become a loose constructionist.
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.
The British expected the colonies to help pay for the war debt because they felt as if the colonies did not participate and were unappreciative of all the British had done for them. The debt caused the British to try to make treasury and revenue reforms which stated that the revenue coming from the colonies was very small and inconsiderable, not even being a fourth of what was necessary for collecting it. Along with reforms the British also considered more taxation which angered many colonists. In attempt to decrease the debt the British created any reforms such as the Sugar act created in 1764, and the Stamp act in 1765. The Sugar act was created mainly for the purpose of increasing the revenue for the empire.
At one point, the British didn’t even let colonists -British citizens- have a fair right to trial because so many colonial rights were taken away! To pay for the French-Indian war, Britain made the colonists pay taxes on almost everything, without any form of colonist consent. When the colonists got mad and rebelled , Britain began to punish the colonists by taking away colonial rights , so Americans got tired of it and began protesting and eventually started a revolution. The American revolution was more about civil liberties than economic rights. Three arguments that support that the American revolution was about civil liberties are cancelation of self-government, taxation without representation, and the forcing of colonists to provide for British soldiers.
To sum it all up, there was many ways that the Revolutionary War could have been avoided, such as the British not being unfair to the colonists, or the colonists not rebelling against the British. Some of these ways were show in the Legislation Bank, with all of the taxes or limitations on the colonies. Other ways are shown in the propaganda made by Paul Revere or Thomas Paine, which unified the colonists against the British and made it look like the British were