American Rev DBQ Essay

731 WordsMar 27, 20093 Pages
The American Revolution was a product of years of escalating grievances that led up to an unavoidable cause. From the beginning, the Colonists system of beliefs was contrary to the English. Living an ocean apart allowed for these grievances to be dealt with temporarily. However, as the situation grew to be confrontational, the Colonists realized that they needed to unite and organize their efforts in order to initiate any real change. In an attempt to unify the colonies, as seen in the illustration on Document A, there were illustrations promoting Colonial propaganda that foreshadowed the ultimate outcome some 20 years before the actual revolution: “Join or die.” Seeing as how this form of unification wasn’t successful, Colonists soon realized that they needed to form an identity behind which each colony could relate to and unite under. It was this progress, and the failure of the British to diplomatically quell the situation that resulted in the ongoing problem that became the American Revolution. Creating an identity proved to be quite a dilemma for the Americans. As Crevecoeur mentions in Document H, where he recognizes the obvious European descent, but also acknowledges the “metamorphosis” of a new type of people, Americans. He also asks that why do these Americans still associate themselves with these countries that don’t even recognize them as citizens or grant them and rights and liberties. Upon realizing the change, it became clear that the problem of having the English govern people who have transformed from their ideals would not be easily solved. The situation was made worse with the continued negative outlook of the British and the superior attitude they held regarding the Colonists. Burke poses the relevant dilemma of governing the colonists in the same manner as the English, but fails to recognize the problem accurately. He believes the vastly

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