To What Extent Is the American Revolution a Civil War

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5. To what extent is it accurate to call the American Revolution a civil war? By definition, a civil war is a war between opposing groups of people in the same country. To a certain extent you can call the American Revolution a civil war. There are certain aspects of this revolution that are traits of a civil war. Some traits of the American Revolution that qualified for a civil war for example they had different societies, they were in support of a different type of government, and it was a major dispute between these groups which belonged under the english empire, and considered themselves Englishmen. However other aspects regard this conflict as just a dispute between two different countries. Overall it is more accurate to call it a civil war, however other aspects make it a dispute between to separate countries. Since the colonies were part of the British empire, you can classify it as a civil war because part of a nation was succeeding from the empire. The colonists were in support of a different governmental structure. In the Declaration of Independence, it says That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government. The colonists believed that the British government was destructive towards the colonies because it was implementing taxes the colonists believed to be unnecessary with out colonial representation in parliament. Since the colonies were a part of the British empire they believed it was necessary for them to have direct representation in parliament. They believed these implementations were unjust and that parliament should have continued the period of salutary neglect. When parliament further limited the colonists with the untolerable acts, the colonists rebelled against their fellow englishmen and the british government. From another
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