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A Bunch of Men in Wigs Who Didn't Want To Pay Their Taxes.

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A Bunch of Men in Wigs Who Didn't Want To Pay Their Taxes The American Revolution was and will always be the most important piece of history for the United States of America. It was revolutionary. We The People broke free from Britain and gained our independence. But the question is, how much was gained? Did we lose more that we gained? Were the consequences larger than the positive aspects? Only one third of the colonists enthusiastically supported the Revolution. While I am happy to be an American, and will always support decisions made my founding fathers, I can't help but being a little reticent to slapping them on the backs and congratulating them for being masters of the world. From 1763, Colonists had only to be convinced that an arbitrary ruler-whether Parliament or King-was violating their inherent rights, to feel that rebellion was justified. The colonists were unhappy and being treated shabbily by their motherland, trouble was brewing. This conviction was bred in them by the series of events that occurred between 1763 and 1776. The language used to protest the British Acts was legal, and political. But the primary cause of the Revolution was economics. In theory the colonists accepted and firmly believed the principle that natural laws rather than royal decrees should govern the economy. ...read more.

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Indeed there seem to be many other reasons that happen to tie in with the economic situation at hand. One other main problem was the political side of the already wide spectrum. The Proclamation of 1763 restricted the settlement west of the Appalachians. This was done because the British had wanted to avoid conflict with the Indians. The colonists already high strung and looking for faults in the British, perceived this as an illegal act of restricting the colonists to specific areas. They assumed that the Britain was trying to put them in their place. The writs of assistance are an example of a political liberty being narrowed in abolishing the right of privacy for the colonists. Colonial ideology was also a constituent in how the colonists viewed England. The colonists saw a conspiracy to destroy their liberty in British policies. Thus, when the colonists were forming the Declaration of Independence, the main goal was to show fellow Americans' concern for the importance of liberty. Because they felt that no one, not even England was going to take away their independence. It is quite obvious that the primary cause of the American Revolution was economics. But the American Revolution also was caused by a restriction of colonial liberty. ...read more.

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The transition has to do with the rights of the colonists. The colonists acquire their rights through resistance to British imperial conformity, by resisting certain policies detrimental to the inalienable rights of a democracy. The transitional period was from 1760's to 1770's. This is a crucial period of time, because this is where the center of power is transferred from the British government (Parliament) to the colonial citizens. A major component to this center of power was the rights of the colonists; the colonists gained their rights through resistance to an imperial power. This transition is depicted through the progression of time in the documents. If there had to be a cause of the American Revolution, in my mind it would have to have been economics, as well as about colonial liberty. The majority of the policies that affected the colonist between 1763 and 1776 were economic changes that limited the economic success of the colonies; these policies also had negative political influences that led to the American Revolution. Although, the Revolution itself was possibly a little too much, most Colonists didn't even want or care to go to war. Whilst many changes were made and the world was possibly made a better place to live in, the promise made was not fully kept. So, while in the long run it was probably for the best, there might have been little better way to get the point across. ...read more.

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