Disagreements erupted over how the colonies felt that they should be treated and the way they were actually treated by Britain. The British stance was that the colonies were created for the benefit of Britain and the Colonialists wanted more say in their own existence. One main cause of the revolution was that the Colonists wanted more representation within the British government hence “no taxation without representation”, (Hickman n.d.), Britain was unwilling to do this. Another factor was the geographical distance between Britain and the Colonists, this created a sense of independence with in the colonies. Britain therefore tried to tighten control over the Colonists through a series of acts designed to quell any sense of rebellion.
The American Revolution was clearly more of a movement to implement enlightenment ideals. What can be perceived as conservative about the revolution is only its beginning, when the Colonists realized they needed to take action against the unfair taxation and the other things that separated them from the British. But that was merely what made them feel they needed to overthrow their government. The Declaration would’ve eventually come along anyway, still heavily based on Enlightenment ideals. Without those Enlightenment ideals it would’ve been believed that it was fine for the British to continue what they were doing.
To achieve this America first had to rid itself of the Navigation Acts. New England would set the tone; “Massachusetts bay officials regarded the colony as a “free state” subject only to laws of their making” (Lambert31). America’s fight for independence in the Atlantic started with its fight for independence politically first. Parliament enacted acts such as the Sugar and Stamp Act to try and combat these issues of American trade smuggling. But Americans were not backing down; in fact it was the exact opposite.
Quartering Act This act was part of the intolerable acts and was passed on June 2nd 1774. Is was designed to keep control over the colonists. They thought if they had soldiers living in the houses of colonists there would be less rebellion. The colonists did not like the soldiers being forced into their homes and invading their privacy like that. That is partly why it is unconstitutional for soldiers to live in a residence against the property owners
First, before it became a sovereign nation, the king of England indirectly and directly governed the US and the colonists grew to reject that as an authority figure. The early Americans and current Egyptians share the same struggle by having their lives controlled by a foreign country. The American Revolution occurred when thirteen colonies decided to come together to break free from the British Empire. They rejected the right of the British Parliament to govern them from across the Atlantic Ocean without representation. Taxation without representation was the main reason for their rebellion.
Common Sense was written by Thomas Paine in 1776 to encourage American Independence. Paine decided to name the title of his novel Common Sense because he believed it was common sense to terminate America’s relationship with Great Britain. Paine believed there was absolutely no benefit from being in a relationship with Great Britain. Taxes, Laws, and Acts were placed upon American’s to provide relief to the British government and help repay damages that occurred during the French and Indian war. Paine believed in American secession from the British and an independent country of their own.
The Glorious Revolution was the dethroning of the unpopular Catholic James II and enthroning Protestant rulers William III and Mary. When the people of New England heard of this, they rose against their royal leaders and tried to get a sense of equality in their colonies. 29. The result of the rebellion in New England was upsetting in that royal governors did eventually restore semblance and order lead by the mother country. There was even more administrative control in the colonies due to Charles II's appointed English officials which hired their friends of whom knew little and did not care about American affairs.
The Colonist had been fighting Great Britain for 14 months while proclaiming their allegiance to the crown. Now that they were breaking away the colonies wanted to make it clear exactly why they have decided this
Washington says that it would be asking for a favor to reduce taxes and than not claiming a right. In order for Britain to tax the Colonists according to Washington Parliament should write a petition and ask for the Colonists consent rather then “taxation without representation”. As time goes on and the Colonies become more and more resentful war breaks out between the Colonists and Great Britain and the battle for independence
Common Sense was directed toward the American colonists the intent of breaking free from British rule. This had taken place when the question of independence was still undecided. Paine wrote and reasoned in this pamphlet so that the common people would understand it while constructing Common Sense like a sermon and relied on Biblical references to make his case to the people. He connected independence with common dissenting Protestant beliefs as a means to present a distinctly American political identity. Basically, Common Sense was made because Paine was