Since the 1760’s colonists in North American experienced many changes in the way they were being treated by England. New policies, acts and taxes set forth by England infuriated the colonists. These new things affected every area of colonial lifestyle including, political, economical and social conditions. The Patriot, directed by Roland Emmerich, illustrates how the colonists viewed its relationship with England. It also portrays the feeling that the fight for independence is worth putting their lives on the line.
England had to be able to sustain their colonies so, The Parliament, desiring revenue from its North American colonies, passed the Sugar Act law specifically aimed to raise colonial money for the English Crown. The act increased duties on non-British goods shipped to the colonies. The Currency Act regulated paper money issued by the colonies of British America, the Act sought to protect British merchants and creditors from being paid in low value colonial money. American colonists responded to the Sugar Act and the Currency Act with protest. In Massachusetts, participants met because the colonies were not represented in the House of Commons, where it emerged the “No Taxation without Representation” (Forner 143).
I do not think this qualifies as a just statement because Parliament only composed of British representatives, and no Colonist representatives, therefore, no Colonist could back up their viewpoint or dispute any taxes enforced, only the British would have say in what would be a just or unjust tax. In addition, many of the British, who moved to the New World, inherited new ways of life and were no longer under the influence from the English—with a new
Conciliation with America Craig Wells Excelsior College Abstract As the colonies were separating themselves from the rule of tyranny and the Parliament authority, a few members of the House of Commons were striving for reconciliation with the American colonists. Taxes were being levied without the consent of the colonies and hostilities increased driving us towards war. Some members of Parliament criticized England of poor government and corruption and worked to negate a conflict with the colonies. A great new land was about to be born and instead of letting this new country develop and help provide for the greater of the English empire, the crown held it down with the chains of oppression. Edmund Burke Edmund Burke was born on 12 January 1729 in Dublin Ireland.
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
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.
It started after the French and Indian Wars that led to several acts purposed by the British congress. These acts included the Stamp Act, Townshend Act, the Intolerable Acts, and the Tea Acts. These new acts were all enacted after the French and Indian War ended in 1763. This war was a great victory for England; however this victory came at a very high cost, literally. England was in debt of over
The heavy weighing cost of the war being charged to the 13 colonies brought a feeling of enmity toward Great Britain. Thus unifying the colonies and cutting ties in what was inevitable with England. The 13 colonies declare independence from Great Britain. Although England’s right to regulate trade and tax the colonies was just it was received by the colonies of the America’s as unjust and to gain revenue. The Townshend Acts, a profit gaining tax was written about by an American colonist named John Dickinson in a book Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania.
Colonies were pushed further and further toward revolution by growing anger and violence, exemplified by the exaggerated events of the Boston Massacre, a riot of Bostonians turned ugly viewed as a massacre of innocent colonists (Brinkley Alan pg 113). At a glance, the Revolutionary War may seem incredibly economic. But proving such a point is difficult, as most of the imposed taxes were either repealed or inexpensive. In actuality, colonists taxed themselves heavier as an independent country than they had been as a colony of the British crown (Baack, Ben). The American Revolution was the evolution of an independent nature, as colonists fought for the preservation of rights they believed essential to human nature.
It was once stated, “The American Revolution should really be called the ‘British Revolution’ because marked changes in British colonial policy were more responsible for the final political decision than American actions.” This theory could be reasoned correct because the British legislations did create the colonial uproar, not the colonies themselves. Some key legislations are the Stamp Act, Navigation Laws, and Townshend Acts. It could also be said that it should be called the American Revolution. This is because it was colonial actions that caused the war. Some of those reactions were the Boston Tea Party and the Nonimportation Acts.