In the 1700s, Europeans saw numerous opportunities in the New World. They envisioned the colonization as a chance for them to live a free and prosperous life, but, in reality, the American colonists faced many setbacks. The tension between Great Britain and the New England colonies led to American Revolution. In Transcript of Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson acknowledged how the act of force was a rational option in order to obtain liberty from Great Britain; however, in The Rise and Fall of the Newburgh Conspiracy, George Marshall depicted how there is a more reasonable alternative to resolving problems within the new independent country. In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson explained how governments should not be overthrown for petty reasons, but he believed the King of Great Britain had taken the situation too far.
The best president in U.S history I believe is Abraham Lincoln. Abe Lincoln deserved to be the best president because he led his country through the civil war, abolished slavery by issuing the emancipation proclamation, and by issuing the emancipation proclamation the north gained British support. Abe created an economic development program, which began when the country was bankrupt and made the United States the world’s greatest industrial power. I believe that the 2nd best president is George Washington. Washington led the revolutionary war which began the birth of a new nation which goes under foreign policy, helped with the constitution that had much to do with equal rights, and dealt with the whiskey rebellion.
These ongoing disputes led to the war of 1812. The outcome of this was that the trade restrictions were lifted because the British war with France ended with the treaty and the Chesapeake law. The 13 colonies were able to live under the constitution freely without the interference of the British Empire. Also in the modern times the United States has one of the best military forces in the world. In part, this is another effect of the war of 1812.It was during and after this war that the country began to realize the importance of a united states began to rely less on the unorganized military military and more on trained soldiers.
The patriots had various reasons for seeking independence in the fateful years of 1775-1783. These reasons did not materialize instantly but can be traced back to decades earlier. Two revolutionary impulses existed: independence from Britain’s tyrannous rule and the desire to democratize a failing American society and government. Before the French and Indian War, the objective of the British was to regulate trade and in general influence the colonial government. However, Britain achieved these aims in a limited way and did not over-manage the colonies.
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.
Britain therefore tried to tighten control over the Colonists through a series of acts designed to quell any sense of rebellion. This situation grew to one of intolerable differences on both sides. The goal of the American Revolution for the Colonists was to gain total political and financial independence from Britain and to become its own sovereign country. The goal of the British in the American Revolution was to squash all resistance and retain control over the
Providing the Confederacy with war supplies influenced Southern power, and their assertiveness towards the Union proved beneficial to international relations. The victory of the Union encouraged the forces in Britain that demanded more democracy and public contribution into the political system. Rather than an outbreak of war, relations between America and Britain were ultimately improved when the idea of widespread famine threatened England. The American Civil War proved difficult but eventually beneficial for Britain, giving them the opportunity to check their growth and rise to power. Keeping within British tradition and diplomacy, Britain never openly partnered with the South and their involvement in the war was to protect their own people, economy, actions and
In an effort to avoid a possible war with Britain, Washington sent Supreme Court Chief Justice John Jay to Great Britain to negotiate. The verdict was that the British promised to evacuate outposts on United States soil (not likely) and pay for damages for seized American vessels, with no promise to stop future seizures. In exchange, the United States had to pay back Revolutionary War debts and abide by Great Britain’s restrictive trading policies toward France. The treaty was not extremely popular, but for the Federalists it was an opportunity to create a better relationship with Britain. For the Democratic-Republicans, it was more like surrender to Britain and a betrayal of the South, who would have to pay a major share of the war debt while wealthy Federalist shippers were being
American citizens and politicians alike began calling the conflict the “second war of independence.” The political standpoint of entering the war was to preserve the rights of sailors and would-be American immigrants from British impressments. The US also wanted to prove that big brother Britain could not tell them who they could and could not trade with anymore (meaning France). This was an easy pill for the American public to swallow because of continued tensions with Britain after the Revolution and the rise of the anti-Britain, Democratic-Republican Administration and
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.