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A Letter to Abigail by John Adams,

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John Adams, in a letter to Abigail Adams reflecting on the cost of war, stated, “Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it” (The American Revolution, 2014). Although there were dozens of events that led to the revolution, it was freedom from British rule the colonists wanted; however, there would be a high price paid for that freedom. Despite the loss of life and the political and economic damages; the war was necessary, as ending the reign of British subjugation was an honorable and just cause, nevertheless the costs. The Economical Costs Historians attribute the revolution to the growing resentment over the heavy tax burden the British government placed on the colonists to pay for the French and Indian War (The History of American Business, 2011). Furthermore, the British levied additional taxes on the colonists to maintain the new land and allow them to get out of enormous debt. Therefore, given the debt load placed on the colonies, it is not surprising the Continental Congress borrowed money from Americans as well as from foreign governments such as France, Spain, and the Netherlands, to finance the revolution. According to the U.S. Navy, the cost of the Revolutionary War was $101 million, most of it borrowed (Daggett, 2008). As the war continued, Congress printed money, which devalued quickly and caused further hardship with the inflationary prices of goods and services. By the time the war ended, the new country suffered high unemployment and a huge public debt to pay (History Central, 2000). Much like the wars in Iraq and Afganistan have don... ... middle of paper ... ...m/Revolt/Americans/Economic.html Leland, A., & Oboroceanu, M.-J. (2010). American War and Military Operations Casualties: Lists and Statistics. Department of Defense, Congressional Research Service Report for Congress. District of Columbia: Congressional Research Service. Retrieved from http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL32492.pdf Shmoop We Speak Student. (2014, January 23). The American Revolution Summary & Analysis. Retrieved from Shmoop We Speak Studen: http://www.shmoop.com/american-revolution/summary.html The American Revolution. (2014, January 22). The American Revolution Home. Retrieved from The American Revolution: http://theamericanrevolution.org/ The History of American Business. (2011, October 3). Revolutionary War. Retrieved from The History of American Business: http://historybusiness.org/2688-revolutionary-war.html?newsid=2688&seourl=revolutionary-war

In this essay, the author

  • Quotes john adams in a letter to abigail adams reflecting on the cost of war.
  • Analyzes how the continental congress borrowed money from americans and foreign governments to finance the revolutionary war.
  • Explains that the biggest hurdle to overcome following the revolutionary war was addressing the enormous inflation rate and the huge debt incurred by the emerging country.
  • Argues that the cost of war is not only the loss of capital and structures, but the human cost in the death of lives.
  • Analyzes how the colonists defied the british tax acts and burned their harbored ships as they stood resolutely in their common ground of winning self-determination.
  • Explains that the revolutionary war was the seed that began change not only in the united states, but around the world.
  • Cites british battles, the american revolution, and daggett, s. costs of major u.s. wars.
  • Explains history central's overview the economics of the revolutionary war period.
  • Cites shmoop we speak student's the american revolution summary & analysis and the history of american business' the revolutionary war.
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