• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Conservatism in the United States Revolution

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Conservatism in the United States Revolution Does the fact that the colonials revolted against British rule to keep things the way they were, not to initiate a new era, makes them Conservatives? The idea of American conservatism is something that is not very well greeted, but, it exists as a fact and without it, America would not be the America we know today. Americans on colonial times fought to preserve what is valued on society and for freedom. Though the road to achieving it was rigorous. The United States was born of a conservative defense of American liberty. During the imperial crisis of 1763 to 1776, leaders of the American resistance to British measures repeatedly justified their stand by accusing the mother country of introducing radical constitutional innovations. ...read more.

Middle

It sent greater numbers of officials to America, imposed regulations on trade, and restricted territorial expansion to this effect. Colonists, in their part, desired to be free to govern themselves, trade as they desired, and expand into the West Acts and laws were passed by the Parliament, which served as an inspiration to the Conservatism that existed in every American: In 1761, minor disputes took place over the use of legally dubious search warrants and friction was raised by the Sugar Act of 1764. In 1765, major confrontations took place over parliamentary taxation, which flared over the passage of the Stamp Act. In 1761, the Townshend Duties inspired many writers, such as John Dickinson, a conservative, who published Letters From a Westchester Farmer. ...read more.

Conclusion

Liberalism is a political philosophy which supports the protection of an individual's political and civil liberties. Americans did all that, through Conservatism. In this way, Americans were conservative on their liberalism. Throughout the long imperial crisis, Americans had repeatedly pursued the goal of reestablishing the empire as it had functioned before 1763, when colonial trade was protected and encouraged, and when colonial assemblies had exercised exclusive power over taxation and internal legislation. The many pacifist ways that Americans tried did not work, and finally, they had to resort to fighting to keep liberty, even thought it may mean death. Liberty was the most sacred right of Americans, and through the liberal actions that Americans took, the conservatism prevailed long after the Revolution, which eventually brought back the government to the longed for and desired Old Order. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Politics section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Politics essays

  1. The Life and Times of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah The Road to Ghana's Colonial Independence

    stating, "there is victory for us," calling them to stop the function for the colonial government. Positive Action began on January 8, 1950 after the parliament refused to draw a constitution for the Ghanaian people causing the government into a standstill as shops, factories, and transportation services closed.

  2. The Drug Policy in the United States

    It is easy to see that the U.S. government is trying to outline these drug policy lines very clearly, and because it is the publics' responsibility to read and realize these laws, they have tried to make it as simple as possible over the recent years.

  1. Slavery in Latin America

    Efforts to end the power of the great landowners, however, were not genuinely successful, and the military tradition continued to play a part in politics, the army frequently combining with the conservatives and later with the growing ranks of labor to alter the government by coup.

  2. Who Holds Power in the United Kingdom Today?

    always monopolise power in the U.K and use it as a means to their own ends. This cohesive political class is frequently described as the 'Establishment' and often share a social and educational background. Elitists insist that liberal demoracies are but a smokescreen erected to deceive the masses.

  1. How many forms of 'Conservatism' are observable between 1945-1980?

    Even Bulter himself, in 1946, called for 'an acceptance of redistributive taxation and the repudiation of 'laissez-faire' economics in favour of a system in which the 'state acted as a trustee for the interests of the community'. Harold Macmillan (Prime Minister, 1957-63)

  2. Why did Britain have no '1848 revolution'?

    On the continent it was in their interest to join forces with the working classes to create a mass movement against the existing order. In Britain, as can be seen through the Kennington common demonstration, the middle classes united with the elite and upper classes against the working class.

  1. The colonial factor in the Nigerian civil war (1967-1970)

    At independence therefore, Nigeria became a federation and thus remained one country. 2The colonial master, determined to ensure a continued uninterrupted economic exploitation of the country even after independence, recognized that this could only be done by ensuring that the effective political and military powers were left in the hands

  2. Summary of the Causes of the 1905 Revolution.

    Letts Study aids Long Term causes of the 1905 Revolution Alexander III and Nicholas II ruled Russia with very conservative political and social policies. They instituted a programme of rapid state-led industrialisation. However they failed to solve the land question at a time of rapidly increasing population.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work