American Revolution Dbq

analytical Essay
826 words
826 words

During the time of the American Revolution, there were multiple manipulative and unjust actions that the British took, which caused colonists to rebel against the crown, and create a society where the people would be the ones governing their own country. Parliament, who was seen as a protection to the people from the crown, were, at this time, seen as the enemies of the colonists. By imposing unjust taxes such as the Tea Act, restricting trade from the colonies to only Great Britain, and even going as far as to violating natural human rights, Parliament was seen more as an enemy of the people rather than their protector. These actions went against many of the rights which the Magna Carta and the English Bill of Rights stood for, sparking …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the british's manipulative and unjust actions caused colonists to rebel against the crown and create a society where the people were the ones governing their country.
  • Compares montesquieu and locke's views on a self-ruling government and the importance of separation and balancing powers within the government.
  • Explains that colonists were motivated by the contents of magna carta, as they stood to protect natural human rights which were violated by unlawful acts imposed upon them by parliament.
  • Analyzes how the english bill of rights influenced the colonists to pursue the idea of self-rule, as it stated that the government should not impose cruel and unlawful punishments against its citizens.
  • Analyzes how thomas paine's book, common sense, fed the colonists' obsession for self-rule as it explicitly mentions the need to rebel against the crown and break free from british rule.

Locke, whose ideas emerged in the 1690’s, argued that all men should be guaranteed basic rights, such as the right to life, certain liberties, and the ability to own property. He stated that the people should have the consent, much like a social contract, with their government. He believed that the people must obey the law, while the government maintains the right to create and enforce laws. In addition, Locke stated that if the government becomes unjust and unlawful, then the people have the right to overthrow and create a new form of government. Montesquieu was much like Locke, in the sense that he viewed a self-ruling government more beneficial than a monarchy. Similar to Locke, Montesquieu believed in a republican government where the people established a social contract with the government. On the other hand, he did not find a democracy, founded on majority-rule, as a viable form of government. He also emphasized the importance of separating and balancing powers within the government. The separation and balancing of powers is very important to insure the freedom of the people, as it is a defense from one branch of the government having too much power over the country. These ideas from Montesquieu and Locke, would help form a philosophical basis during the …show more content…

The unjust and unlawful actions which Parliament took against the colonies violated what the English Bill of Rights stood for. The intolerable acts were a series of very cruel, harsh punishments imposed on the colonies after the Boston Tea Party had. The Boston port is a major port, where most of the economy is built of off. Parliament recognized the importance of the Boston Port in Massachusetts, but created the Boston Port Act in order to shut down the port. By shutting down this port after the Boston Tea Party, Parliament put the entire economy of Massachusetts at risk of collapsing. Because of the cruelty in these punishments, many colonists saw the intolerable acts as a violation of their natural human rights. While the British thought they could make an example out of Massachusetts using these punishments, what ended up happening was the colonies recognized the unlawful punishment that Massachusetts was facing. The harshness of these acts made it difficult for those who favored the Parliament, to speak in its favor. The result of this was that the colonies supported Massachusetts, and sense of revolt against the colonists. There were many more acts, much like the Boston Port Act, which punished the colonies in a very harsh manner, which then led to colonists

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