Term Paper: American Revolution 1763-1783 and Jacksonian Democracy 1824-1848

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American History

As a generalization, it is my opinion based on the readings that the colonists who settled in the "new world" - most of them having immigrated from England to escape religious persecution or to start a new life - gradually became weary of being dictated to by a distant king. As to specifics, one of the main causes of the American Revolution was the British attempt to raise a lot of money from the colonists to keep their empire going. The British did this fundraising through various taxes, starting with the Sugar Act. According to the text (Faragher, et al. 2000) on page 148, the Sugar Act not only placed a "prohibitive duty" (tax) on sugar imports, it also regulated American shipping, and in effect slapped controls on a new country that wanted to be free to trade with whatever countries they wanted to.

The Stamp Act in 1765 was a further intrusion into American commerce, and in fact it seemed designed to but restrictions on printers, insurance companies, lawyers and other colonists, Faragher writes on page 148. Next came the Declaratory Act (1766) which basically "asserted the authority of Parliament" to hold power over the colonies. The Townshend Revenue Act of 1767 and the Tea Act 1773 put more pressure on the colonies to help put money into British coffers.

Finally, the "Intolerable Acts" of 1774 were designed to "punish Massachusetts" and angered the colonists perhaps more than any other act the British had placed on the colonists. On of the Intolerable Acts (called the "Coercive Acts" in England) - the "Massachusetts Government Act" - made it illegal to have any town meetings except once a year, unless the British-appointed governor approved. Town meetings were a vital part of the movement to resist British oppression, so when a law was passed that attempted to prevent the people meeting to discuss their political future, that angered the colonists.

Would I have signed the Declaration of Independence? Yes, certainly. But I would have taken Thomas Jefferson's side and insisted that slavery be addressed in the document. How can you say "...all men are created equal" and yet overlook the fact that thousands of people were being held as slaves, to help colonists grow their crops and strengthen their economy?… [END OF PREVIEW]

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