Declaration For The Causes Of Taking Up Arms Dbq Analysis

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From 1750 to 1776, the colonists were on the path to a revolution when they didn’t even know it. The English crown passed many acts to increase the anger of the colonists gradually. The colonists believed that they could only be their own if they united for the same idea. By the end of 1776, the colonies realized that now was a time to unite and defend their rights as Americans. For the many years that the colonists have been here, they have seen themselves as 13 different countries, so to speak. In the Pennsylvania Gazette, Benjamin Franklin printed a cartoon with the caption reading “Join, or Die”, (Document A). A mere month after this cartoon was published, the British government summoned an intercolonial congress in Albany, New York. Only seven of the thirteen colonies showed up. Benjamin Franklin was leading the Albany Congress and suggested for…show more content…
The British crown was compromising the rights and liberties of the colonists. All the colonists want was to defend their liberties if someone is threatening them (Document C). The colonists composed the “Declaration for the Causes of Taking up Arms”. In this Declaration, the colonists were not thinking of revolution yet, they just wanted to defend their liberties because the British were undermining them (Document E). John Adams was the first to speak and suggest a revolution. The Association was created and enforced a boycott of all British goods: no exporting, importing or consuming. The colonists were not calling for independence yet, just to repeal the aggressive taxation. Lexington and Concord were the first shots in the revolution and soon after, the Second Continental Congress met. The most important thing the First Continental Congress did was to agree to meet again and discuss once more. There was still no intention to revolt because the colonists were hopeful that the Crown would consider the complaints that they
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