This led to a decision for the king: cope with our demands, or we fight for our independence. After the king rejected the demands of the petition, Thomas Paine released an article entitled “Common Sense”. By this time, the people thought they were fighting to make King George III listen to their demands, but Thomas Paine introduced the idea that independence was better fighting for, and that Britain has too much power over us. He stated that Britain could drag Americans into war that they had no intention of being in, which was concluded that America is much better off on its own, and that this way of thinking was common sense. This document changed the minds of thousands of Americans to now want complete independence.
Walker stated that by boycotting British-taxed tea, people intended to force Parliament to repeal the last remaining tax of the Revenue Act. As for strategies used by Samuel Adam’s, as one of the main participants of the present historical event, he knew that the role of colonies for Britain was high, as this was a source of income for the country. So, first of all he controlled that the ship was unloaded, and then they decided to be dressed like Indians in order not to be noticed and further on punished by the government. Building a foundation for critical and creative thinking when evaluating historical events is very important, as it is necessary not only to know the main participants and procedure of the event, but also the moral judgments of the historical event. The basis of the moral judgments made by Samuel Adams and Thomas Hutchinson is presupposed by the fact that they acted with other Patriots for greater good, as British Parliament did not have to raise taxes and result in such struggle between Britain and American colony.
The founding father’s were able to give the people a democratic way of electing leaders, while still having the a few of the people making important decisions in the peoples best interest. During the time of the revolution people were sick of the British parliament and felt as though the were not getting a fair and equal share in the decisions pertaining to them. Hence the phrase taxation without representation was coined. When America won the revolution many concerns and issues cropped up with the declaration of independence, it held very small amounts of power. Paying off debuts of the revolution became a choice that most states opted out on because their was no force behind the request.
Federalists, supporters of the Constitution, believed that a strong national government was the key to the survival of the colonies, while the Antifederalists, those who opposed the Constitution, thought that a powerful national government could become a tyrant and overshadow state rights, and individual liberties. In an attempt to keep the Constitution, and appease the Antifederalists the Bill of Rights was written. This Bill addressed the fears of the Antifederalists and assured certain rights to the people that could not be impinged upon. This addition gained more support with the Antifederalists. With this new Constitution and the Bill of Rights Federalists and Antifederalists came to an agreement on how to
The colonist of America to their self no bigger believed they were or wanted to be British citizens so the Americans dragged Britain in 1775 by starting the revolution and the creating their own government in 1776. The French revolution on the other hand was start by a group out of the third estate made of merchants, artisans and professional known as the bourgeoisie. The bourgeoisie brake out in revolution due to tour major events: desire for a wider political role, the wish for -restraints on the power of clergy, monarchy and aristocracy, population growth and the Poor harvest of 1787-1788. The methods taken by the Americans and the French to achieve revolution were just as different as the causes of each revolution. On the American
American Government 4/18/2012 The Evolution vs. Devolution of the U.S. Federal Government Introduction The extent of control the government has in the American people’s lives and how well it represents those people is what sparked a revolution that gave birth to the United States, and the same debate also led a civil war that tore our country apart. As you can see this topic is one many Americans feel strongly about. These debates led to the distinction of the Federalist vs. the Anti- Federalist. The Federalist supported a strong central government that could deal with the issues that states might disagree on, essentially moving toward a unification of the states. The Anti-Federalist feared this central government would in time grow into a tyrannical body that the states had fought to get away from.
It just happens to be that Adams was on the side of the colonist and Sewall on the side of the mother country. Sewall and Adams were both power hungry and strived to hold higher positions in their line of work; they just had completely different styles of doing so (Hollitz 60). Sewall had more of a direct approach that lead him more so to the side of English rule, because to him it was easier to agree and accept the rules as they are (Hollitz 60). He would argue why would someone “living under the mildest government, enjoying the highest portion of civil and religious liberty” rebel (qtd in Hollitz 64). Since he obeyed and enforced British law he was rewarded by the English government with higher titles (Hollitz 57).
The French however were trying to cause a true revolution, a reason to overthrown their king and remove all the inequalities there was. The American Revolution, beginning in 1776, had started with tensions between Britain and its colonist due to the debt that the Britain’s accrued from the war with the French and Indians. Up to this point the colonist had elected their own assemblies and had grown accustomed to running their own affairs. The British began passing legislation, which increased the taxation of American colonies, tightening their control over the colonists. One of the regulations that Parliament passed was the Stamp Act of 1765.
In addition, Ghandi was a well-respected public figure so when he stated that ‘I can no longer be loyal to a Government so evilly manned.’ A majority of the Indian people followed his mind set. This means that the Amritsar Massacre did create widespread and long-lasting hostility among Indians towards British rule. Continuing in agreement with this source is source 10. In source 10, the British are labelled as ‘an
The Common Sense Behind Common Sense Thomas Paine was a British man who fought and expressed his feelings on the rights of colonists even though he himself rarely visited the colonies. Some of the major points of Thomas Paine’s argument in Common Sense were that he thought that the colonies should be independent against British rule. If there are thousands of miles worth of sea between two nations, than wouldn’t it be near impossible to govern the colonies from so far away? It seems absurd to think that the colonies had to wait days in order to find out new from their “mother” country. Britain also only used America for its own profit and gain.