Paying off debuts of the revolution became a choice that most states opted out on because their was no force behind the request. This created the daunting task of forming a government that had power to enforce laws without creating a system of government such as parliament, creating a country where the people had a say in how laws and regulations were created and displayed. When George Washington created his presidential cabinet he choose two men who were far apart from seeing eye to eye. These two men being Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. Alexander Hamilton did not believe a democratic government and was stated “It has been observed that a pure democracy if it were practicable would be the most perfect government.
Salutary neglect in its self was an undocumented, though long-lasting, British policy of avoiding strict enforcement of parliamentary laws, meant to keep the American colonies obedient to England. Or in much simpler terms, if England left the colonies alone, the colonies would have absolutely no problem with parliament. Since the imperial authority did not assert the power that it had, the colonists were left to govern themselves, therefore becoming accustomed to the idea of self-control. The effects of such prolonged isolation eventually resulted in the emergence of a collective identity that considered itself separate from Great Britain causing the American Revolution. The end of salutary neglect meant the American colonies were not happy with England.
Prior to the Spanish American War, America was isolated in its affairs, and did not intervene with global politics. America was preoccupied with their domestic issues themselves. After the Civil war, there was much controversy on how to rebuild the nation, as well as issues over the land of the Native Americans. Pretty much, Americans stayed out of foreign intervention since the War of 1812 when George Washington stressed the importance on non-alliance. After that, Americans focused on expansion within their lands, fulfilling what they called the Manifest Destiny, belief held by the white Americans that they had the right according to their superior race, and that it was their destiny to stretch from “sea to shining sea”.
The launching of the Great Experiment September 9, 2013 Establishing a durable Government in the 18th Century was very difficult because there was no way to please all of the country which all had different opinions. Americans have failed before with the Articles of Confederation because it did not meet the needs of our nation. There remained disputes between the Americans which led to the division of government; one remained for the American people and the other for the thirteen colonies belonging to Great Britain. The Constitution was also created to test Americans and to see if they could govern themselves without being watched by someone. The American people were in need of a government that would make everyone happy and satisfied.
This idea, though pragmatic in my opinion, wasn’t as sensible to some people that wanted to stay a part of Great Britain and wanted to be loyal to the country, hence being called “Loyalists.” The people that were for the separation were known as Patriots, for they stood up for themselves and wanted to have a better democratic country, which is where they would truly represent the country rather than the Parliament dictating everything without consent. This dictation was known as “taxation without representation” because they literally didn’t have any
I think that Presidential action was somewhat passive throughout the 1940s and 1950s. In particular Dwight Eisenhower failed to respond to the calls for greater equality as, although he was not actively racist, he was reluctant to lead the country into the next step of improving civil rights. I would say that the responsibility for improving civil rights should fall onto another individual which was Earl Warren. Despite the President calling him the ‘biggest damned-fool I’d ever made’, he was the one that destroyed the legal basis of segregation whilst in his role as Supreme Chief Justice. However, it would not be fair to say that Presidential action was non-existence.
To me and many others the Revolutionary war was very radical. The American Revolution was as radical as any revolution in modern history, for it replaced monarchial authority with representative government and created a society that was far more democratic than even the founding fathers had anticipated (Stories from PA). The radicals of the colonies did not want to be held under British rule any longer. They
The African Americans were not able to vote because the whites and the government disenfranchised the African Americans; until the 15th Amendment. The African Americans were considered illiterate to the Whites. The 15th amendment states that they could no longer discriminate based on race. Even though this amendment sounded like good news, the Whites still made literacy test and poll taxes that the African Americans had to do even before voting. The African Americans couldn’t run for office either, they still had Democrats and Republicans.
Just like these two there were many people who did not even like that there was a war in the first place but there was really no choice. Lincoln at one point did not even feel that he was capable enough of completely getting rid of slavery because he knew that it would cause problems in the future. He knew that abolishing slavery would turn the north and south against each other even more than it already had. (Pederson, Estell, & Kenneth, 1994). Just because he did not immediately take advantage of his position, probably do what any other would do today, and abolish slavery does not mean he supported it.
When America was going to war with Britain no one thought America would win. In Common Sense written by Thomas Paine America was being judged by its size. They did not think America could win because America is much smaller than Britain. America might have been small, but with the determination of freedom they shocked many people who did not believe in them. Way back then, people could not measure the possibility of colonies taking on the world’s largest empire.