The American Revolution was caused by the changes in Britain and not by social change in America. American colonists had a clear reluctance to fight and separate from Britain as seen in such documents as the Olive Branch Petition and the Declaration of Independence. Many American writers expressed regret or melancholy over their separation from the British. Many historians debate whether or not the American Revolution was actually a revolution. A revolution is known as an upheaval of a society (for example the French, or Russian revolutions).
The colonists had been allowed virtual self government for a century until the British government became more involved after the French and Indian war. The colonists saw the interference by the british as simple denial of the same rights they possessed as any other
In order to gain rights, the colonies wanted to be recognized as independent. The colonists were justified in declaring independence from Britain. Parliament was unwilling to listen or negotiate with the American colonies. Included in the Declaration of Independece is a List of Grievances against King George III. The most important points were, “For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world: For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent” (National Archives).
In essences, Jefferson is saying that the Federalist, who are controlling the government, forgot about the need for liberty and justice. They are now looking more and more like the British ruling class. With many backers that hold British ideals. Now it’s only the Republicans who continue the fight. Jefferson is looking with disdain at the Federalist for trying to make the nation’s government more British, Additionally, it’s up to the people to realize the truth and fight for what is right.
The colonists’ sense of identity and unity as Americans was further developed when they coalesced to fight the British. Many people who lived in the colonies were not English; they were German, Dutch, Swedish, Jewish, Scots-Irish, and French. Some people were a mixture of many different ethnic groups. This “mixed” group of people, which could not be found anywhere else in the world, that united to fight for their rights led to the creation of a separate identity (from Britain). The British thought that this “open Rebellion” was unjustifiable and that the colonists had no reason to turn against their mother country, who “…protected them against the Ravages of their Enemies…” (Document F).
Patrick Henry, a Virginian lawyer, made himself known for the speeches supporting American democracy. He is known as the "Orator of Liberty." In 1775, American colonists were still under Great Britain’s power. Many were hoping to be able to work out their disagreements and remain British subjects. Patrick Henry had had enough of cooperating with the British.
The revolt by the people of Boston was how they were going to justify their opinion of the British Tea Act and how the American colonists were going to clarify their message of “no taxation without representation” to the British. If the Boston Tea Party had not occurred the colonists would not have taken a step forward into separating themselves from England, which led to the Declaration of Independence. Because of the Boston Tea Party we have freedom without being oppressed by another
Common Sense inspired the colonials, which in turn inspired the continental congress to put America on the right track to Freedom from the tyrannical power of England. Without the Crisis Papers the American troops probably wouldn’t have kept moral and their attacks on Trenton could have possibly ended in failure. And had it not been for Paine’s pamphlet The Rights of Man, the English people may have never challenged the parliamentary ideals forced upon them. Without Thomas Paine and his writings the world would most likely not be what it is
The doctrine didn’t make great change at it’s time but was revived during Polk’s presidency and eventually became an important national principle. The War of 1812 was a result of the events that occurred during Britain’s conflicts with France. America declared itself a sovereign nation during the conflicts between Britain and France but the British still punished the nation through the Orders in Council and impressment. The practice of impressment combined with American embargo policies pushed America to declare war on Britain in 1812 because Britain showed no respect for America’s sovereignty and proved that it wouldn’t change it’s restrictive trading policies despite America’s peaceful attempts. America declared war on Britain in 1812 largely because of Britain’s practice of impressment.
I believe that a democracy can definitely survive when people choose which laws they follow and which laws they will break, as long as it is for the purpose of liberty. Although the term civil disobedience is more frequently associated with the Civil Rights Movement, and with activists such as Martin Luther King Jr., civil disobedience has been a recurring theme throughout most of American history. An early example would be the Boston Tea Party. During the pre-Revolutionary War Era, many Americans were discontent with the fact that they had to pay taxes to Great Britain, despite having no representation in their Parliament. This “taxation without representation” would inevitably lead to the Boston Tea Party, where a large group of men boarded