In an attempt to seek freedom from the crown of England, separatists came to the New World with hopes of finding religious, economic, and social liberty. Although these newcomers sought out a new life disconnected from their mother country, colonizers of the new world faced a land of limited opportunity. In 1774, as a response to fear of revolution, King George and the British Parliament laid down four major rulings including: the Boston Port Act, the Massachusetts Government Act, the Justice Act, and the Quartering Act all contributed to the terrible oppression colonials dealt with, also known as the Coercive Acts or Intolerable Acts (Brown 2000). Through these declarations, the British Government limited most freedoms the colonists once had, restricting their rights to any form of democratic government. King George III’s disallowance of a representative colonial body of governing, denial of basic human rights, and his general threats of abandonment and violence towards colonists of the New World led to the termination of the union between England and the colonies, therefore causing the dissolution of this once functioning political system.
King George III successfully annihilated most bodies of colonial representation by rejecting colonial legislature, and outlawing groups of colonialists from privately gathering. In order to prevent people of the New World from gathering and discussing politics, this tyrant passed the Massachusetts Government Act. This law, “…Made the council appointive, and restricted town meetings. In effect, it made Massachusetts like other royal colonies” (Murrin 2010). In barring citizens from attending political meetings, rebellion became a difficult task, a...
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...countries. This disunion was necessary, not only for the betterment of the lives of colonials, but also the course of all human history. On July 5, 1776 John Adam exclaimed, "Yesterday (July 4th) the greatest question was decided which ever was debated in America; and a greater perhaps never was, nor will be, decided among men. A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony, that those United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States" (Adams 1776). As marked by the unanimous agreement of all thirteen colonies, the split between England due to the many abominations of King George III was just, and essential for the course of American history.
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