Events Leading Up to the American Revolution

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The Origins of the American Revolution

Thesis statement: American Revolution brought about by “pregnancy and childbirth.” Pregnancy got as a result of the spread of tyranny, corruption, injustice and lack of dignity and freedom imposed by the political rule of Britain. The birth action took place as a result of intellectual transformations and way of thinking of American society. The success of the United States today was the significant result of the revolution.

Research question: In what ways did the major events previous to the American Revolution establish the road map that led to the success of the American Revolution?

The first spark of the American Revolution can be traced to the year 1763 when the leaders took the reins tightly the British Empire. The conflicts began to rupture relations between Britain and the colonies, especially after the empire became in dire need of money to manage its own affairs. The American Revolution, after two hundred and fifty years, is superficially well-known and inadequately understood. General narratives mostly treat it as a colonial rebellion. They equate it primarily with the growing resistance to imperial policy that led to an outbreak of hostilities at Lexington in April 1775 and concluded with British recognition of the United States eight years later. The achievement of political independence was its grand objective, besides which all other matters paled in importance. According to this familiar story the revolution came to its climax with the declaration of Independence in 1776; there after it was almost synonymous with the war.

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The American Revolution is considered the first modern revolution in history where people fought for their independence as the universal principles represented by the sovereignty of the people and the rule of law and constitutional rights. [1]

[1] Colin Bonwick, The American Revolution p.1

French and Indian War, Navigation Acts, Salutary Neglect is considered as Long Term Causes of the American Revolution

Under the circumstances it seemed reasonable to the British government to seek new sources of revenue in colonies and to make the navigation system more efficient in ways the royal officials had long advocated. A half century of what Edmund Burke called “salutary neglect” had come to an end.

Decidedly in March 1765, Parliament by an overwhelming majority passed the Stamp Act, which levied a tax on legal documents, almanacs, newspapers, and nearly every form of paper used in the colonies. Like all duties, tax was to be paid in British sterling, not in colonial paper money. Although taxes had

[2] Gordon S. Wood, The American Revolution p.3

[3] The American Revolution p. 23

been used in England since stamp i 694 and several colonial assemblies had resorted to them in the in 750s, Parliament had never before imposed such a tax directly on the colonists. It is surprising, therefore, that the stamp Act galvanized colonial opinion as nothing ever had. “This single declared William Smith, Jr., of New York, has lost stroke,” Great Britain the affection of all her Colonies. [4]

From the book “1001 Events That Made America” by the American author Alan Axelrod said “DECEMBER 16 A group of militant Bostonians respond to the Tea Act by dressing as Indians boarding three British tea ships in Boston Harbor, and throwing tea valued at 18,000 $ overboard. The “Boston Tea Party” galvanizes colonial opposition to the Crown’s continued policy of regulating colonial commerce and taxing the colonies, which are not represented in Parliament.” So we can say this act calorized as one of the events that made America what is it like today.

Boston Tea Party Currier colored (first primary source)

Where not “Boston Tea Party”, the sense, where it did not offer tea or coffee or other drinks, but it was the beginning of the revolution and the war of liberation and the British colonization in the New World, “the continent of North America,” currently.

Summed up the events of the Tea Party that number of Americans hide uniformed American Indians, and slipped into three British ship anchored in the port of Boston and loaded with boxes of tea, and threw 342 crates of tea nearly $ 1 million worth of money into the sea, rejecting the government’s decision to import and pay customs tax prohibitive them.

The blatant acts of destruction of British property by American colonists, the mentioned Tea Party, in addition to the Americans’ disobedience, upset British Parliament that enacted the Coercive Acts. These included closing of the Port of Boston until the substitution of damages caused due to the Boston Tea Party. Similarly, Massachusetts Government restricted the Massachusetts; town meetings and transformed the Governing Council into an appointed body. At the same time, the British officials through the administration of Justice became immune to criminal prosecution in the state of Massachusetts. Finally, the Quartering Action included house and quarter British troops on demand, even if this necessitated American private homes. These in turn led to the outrage of American Patriots. [5]

[4] Gordon S. Wood, The American Revolution p.24

[5] The American Revolution by Colin Bonwick p.78-79

The religion can be regarded as one of the major origin of the American Revolution. It had a special role by providing moral punishment for opposition to the British. In addition, the Revolution was being considered justified in the sight of God to the average American. They have been succeeded to convert colonialism resistance into a righteous cause. As well as, this image was transferred to all ranks and in all parts of the colonies. Accordingly, ministers did the work of secular radicalism and served the American cause in many capacities, namely, as members of state legislatures and as military chaplains.

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The Revolution caused split of the Church of England in which their minister traditionally support the King. In certain places religion flourished because of the present of active ministers, but in other areas, worship suffered due to the churches destruction. [6] (http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/religion/rel03.html)

Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason quote in the appendix

This quote is from the famous book “the Age of Reason” this book published in three parts, this quote is from the second part that has published in 1795. This book has been produced in London; this book is written by the famous American author Thomas Paine.

In addition to his revolutionary, he was author, political theorist and an English-American political activist. As well as he was the author of two highly influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution. In fact, he inspired the Patriots in 1776 to declare independence from Britain. These factors lead to make his ideas to reflect Enlightenment-era rhetoric of transnational human rights.

The American Revolution succeeded to pursue high morals and legitimate ways and methods to achieve their goals as well as, avoided falling into the trap of revenge and moved away from creating enemies and swirling various problems.

The standstill of trade and the dependent of the economy on foreign currency were among the direct short term effects result of the American Revolution War. Some additional effects of this kind were the increase in colonists and that can be found all over the country these simple are short term causes.

Some people argue that the American Revolution is a revolution from down (lower class) to up (upper class) either might say it’s from up to down considering George Watsontown as the sage of the American Revolution (father of the Revolution) and other important people in the upper class too.

found in republican regime create a nation very different from contemporary European societies, set an ideological agenda for the future, constructed a political frame work sufficiently strong and supple to meet the needs of later generations, and propelled the United States in a democratic direction. These developments were the heart of the Revolution

The revolution was rooted in colonial society, politics and intellect at a particular stage, but it took far longer to complete the structure of republic government than to win the war; the development of republican culture was continuous and unending.

It would be wrong to exaggerate the extent of Revolutionary change. Americans did not face the same social challenge as the French after 1789 and the Russians in 1917.

Anglo-French War (1754-1763) deepened the debt which required the British to get more revenue from the colonies. At the same time, the colonies become less dependent on British protection.

found in republican regime create a nation very different from contemporary European societies, set an ideological agenda for the future, constructed a political frame work sufficiently strong and supple to meet the needs of later generations, and propelled the United States in a democratic direction. These developments were the heart of the Revolution

The revolution was rooted in colonial society, politics and intellect at a particular stage, but it took far longer to complete the structure of republic government than to win the war; the development of republican culture was continuous and unending.

The Origins of the American Revolution

Thesis statement: American Revolution brought about by “pregnancy and childbirth.” Pregnancy got as a result of the spread of tyranny, corruption, injustice and lack of dignity and freedom imposed by the political rule of Britain. The birth action took place as a result of intellectual transformations and way of thinking of American society. The success of the United States today was the significant result of the revolution.

Research question: In what ways did the major events previous to the American Revolution establish the road map that led to the success of the American Revolution?

The first spark of the American Revolution can be traced to the year 1763 when the leaders took the reins tightly the British Empire. The conflicts began to rupture relations between Britain and the colonies, especially after the empire became in dire need of money to manage its own affairs. The American Revolution, after two hundred and fifty years, is superficially well-known and inadequately understood. General narratives mostly treat it as a colonial rebellion. They equate it primarily with the growing resistance to imperial policy that led to an outbreak of hostilities at Lexington in April 1775 and concluded with British recognition of the United States eight years later. The achievement of political independence was its grand objective, besides which all other matters paled in importance. According to this familiar story the revolution came to its climax with the declaration of Independence in 1776; there after it was almost synonymous with the war.

The American Revolution is considered the first modern revolution in history where people fought for their independence as the universal principles represented by the sovereignty of the people and the rule of law and constitutional rights. [1]

[1] Colin Bonwick, The American Revolution p.1

French and Indian War, Navigation Acts, Salutary Neglect is considered as Long Term Causes of the American Revolution

Under the circumstances it seemed reasonable to the British government to seek new sources of revenue in colonies and to make the navigation system more efficient in ways the royal officials had long advocated. A half century of what Edmund Burke called “salutary neglect” had come to an end.

Decidedly in March 1765, Parliament by an overwhelming majority passed the Stamp Act, which levied a tax on legal documents, almanacs, newspapers, and nearly every form of paper used in the colonies. Like all duties, tax was to be paid in British sterling, not in colonial paper money. Although taxes had

[2] Gordon S. Wood, The American Revolution p.3

[3] The American Revolution p. 23

been used in England since stamp i 694 and several colonial assemblies had resorted to them in the in 750s, Parliament had never before imposed such a tax directly on the colonists. It is surprising, therefore, that the stamp Act galvanized colonial opinion as nothing ever had. “This single declared William Smith, Jr., of New York, has lost stroke,” Great Britain the affection of all her Colonies. [4]

From the book “1001 Events That Made America” by the American author Alan Axelrod said “DECEMBER 16 A group of militant Bostonians respond to the Tea Act by dressing as Indians boarding three British tea ships in Boston Harbor, and throwing tea valued at 18,000 $ overboard. The “Boston Tea Party” galvanizes colonial opposition to the Crown’s continued policy of regulating colonial commerce and taxing the colonies, which are not represented in Parliament.” So we can say this act calorized as one of the events that made America what is it like today.

Boston Tea Party Currier colored (first primary source)

Where not “Boston Tea Party”, the sense, where it did not offer tea or coffee or other drinks, but it was the beginning of the revolution and the war of liberation and the British colonization in the New World, “the continent of North America,” currently.

Summed up the events of the Tea Party that number of Americans hide uniformed American Indians, and slipped into three British ship anchored in the port of Boston and loaded with boxes of tea, and threw 342 crates of tea nearly $ 1 million worth of money into the sea, rejecting the government’s decision to import and pay customs tax prohibitive them.

The blatant acts of destruction of British property by American colonists, the mentioned Tea Party, in addition to the Americans’ disobedience, upset British Parliament that enacted the Coercive Acts. These included closing of the Port of Boston until the substitution of damages caused due to the Boston Tea Party. Similarly, Massachusetts Government restricted the Massachusetts; town meetings and transformed the Governing Council into an appointed body. At the same time, the British officials through the administration of Justice became immune to criminal prosecution in the state of Massachusetts. Finally, the Quartering Action included house and quarter British troops on demand, even if this necessitated American private homes. These in turn led to the outrage of American Patriots. [5]

[4] Gordon S. Wood, The American Revolution p.24

[5] The American Revolution by Colin Bonwick p.78-79

The religion can be regarded as one of the major origin of the American Revolution. It had a special role by providing moral punishment for opposition to the British. In addition, the Revolution was being considered justified in the sight of God to the average American. They have been succeeded to convert colonialism resistance into a righteous cause. As well as, this image was transferred to all ranks and in all parts of the colonies. Accordingly, ministers did the work of secular radicalism and served the American cause in many capacities, namely, as members of state legislatures and as military chaplains.

The Revolution caused split of the Church of England in which their minister traditionally support the King. In certain places religion flourished because of the present of active ministers, but in other areas, worship suffered due to the churches destruction. [6] (http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/religion/rel03.html)

Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason quote in the appendix

This quote is from the famous book “the Age of Reason” this book published in three parts, this quote is from the second part that has published in 1795. This book has been produced in London; this book is written by the famous American author Thomas Paine.

In addition to his revolutionary, he was author, political theorist and an English-American political activist. As well as he was the author of two highly influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution. In fact, he inspired the Patriots in 1776 to declare independence from Britain. These factors lead to make his ideas to reflect Enlightenment-era rhetoric of transnational human rights.

The American Revolution succeeded to pursue high morals and legitimate ways and methods to achieve their goals as well as, avoided falling into the trap of revenge and moved away from creating enemies and swirling various problems.

The standstill of trade and the dependent of the economy on foreign currency were among the direct short term effects result of the American Revolution War. Some additional effects of this kind were the increase in colonists and that can be found all over the country these simple are short term causes.

Some people argue that the American Revolution is a revolution from down (lower class) to up (upper class) either might say it’s from up to down considering George Watsontown as the sage of the American Revolution (father of the Revolution) and other important people in the upper class too.

found in republican regime create a nation very different from contemporary European societies, set an ideological agenda for the future, constructed a political frame work sufficiently strong and supple to meet the needs of later generations, and propelled the United States in a democratic direction. These developments were the heart of the Revolution

The revolution was rooted in colonial society, politics and intellect at a particular stage, but it took far longer to complete the structure of republic government than to win the war; the development of republican culture was continuous and unending.

It would be wrong to exaggerate the extent of Revolutionary change. Americans did not face the same social challenge as the French after 1789 and the Russians in 1917.

Anglo-French War (1754-1763) deepened the debt which required the British to get more revenue from the colonies. At the same time, the colonies become less dependent on British protection.

found in republican regime create a nation very different from contemporary European societies, set an ideological agenda for the future, constructed a political frame work sufficiently strong and supple to meet the needs of later generations, and propelled the United States in a democratic direction. These developments were the heart of the Revolution

The revolution was rooted in colonial society, politics and intellect at a particular stage, but it took far longer to complete the structure of republic government than to win the war; the development of republican culture was continuous and unending.

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