According to Martin Kelly, writer for About.com, the revolution was caused because the American colonists felt like they were being treated unfair by the British parliament. The colonists wanted the same rights and freedoms of the British people but were not getting them. The British thought they could have whatever they wanted in American including land, food sources, shelter and water sources. The Americans were infuriated with the British because of shipbuilding and food source benefits they had from being so close to the harbors. The Americans saw this as their land which was giving unfair advantages to the British.
Injustice anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere While both Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” and John Rawls’ “A Theory of Justice” demanded change from their government to correct the social inequalities within their society. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, on the other hand, simply wanted African Americans to be just included within their own government. During the 1960s, the society that Dr. King lived in accepted and tolerated racial segregation within housing, health care, education, employment, transportation, and many others. Today’s society outlaws any discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, however before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 it was absolutely legal to commit racial segregation in our society. Dr. King was inspired by Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” theories and reasoning on injustice with unjust laws that action must be taken in order for change to occur.
Garrison also believed that white and African American slaves could not be distinguished in the eyes of Gods so it should have been the same in the laws of the land. He also challenged the institution in the north and the anti-slavery movement in the south, he did that because neither party had a main objective of racial equality. Slavery should have been abolished immediately. Emancipated African American’s should have received instructions on how to assimilate into the America social order. Garrison’s views on colonization was that the American colonization society was in favor of the Negro movement.
In 1966, frustrated by the lack of progress in the fight for equal rights for blacks, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. Outraged by instances of police brutality and violence toward civil rights workers and even innocent citizens, the Party adopted a policy of self-defense and militancy recognizing that “All history has shown that this government will bring its police and military powers to bear on any group which truly seeks to free Afrikan people” (Acoli 2). This new strategy of “fighting back” differed dramatically from the non-violent rebellion that leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. advocated. These non-violent leaders had adopted a strategy of building a respectful coexistence with the rest of society, which they hoped would eventually lead to social change. However, change was not transpirin... ... middle of paper ... ... for working to eradicate the Party.
When drafting the Constitution, the Founding Fathers sought to create a governing document to protect liberty and control the government’s power. After an arduous fight for freedom against the British Empire during the American Revolution, the citizens detested the strong central control exerted by the British monarchy. The Americans had fought hard for their personal and federal rights and wanted to ensure those freedoms were protected. After being freed from the strict rule under the British, the Americans would have overthrown any form of government that stifled these newly acquired freedoms. When drafting the Constitution, the Founding Fathers included British safeguards to protect against a government similar to the British monarchial rule.
The Anti-Federalists are also concerned about how the national government could abuse its power if given a higher authoritative role in the revised Constitution. In order to show the concern, the authors write, “the legislative power is competent to lay taxes, duties, imposts, and excises; there is no limitation to this power..." The Anti-Federalists were afraid that allowing the national government to have so much power would be like living under Britain 's authority all over again. This would render the American Revolution pointless, they believed. They supported the state governments in having authority to tax, govern, and to have independence from the central government in doing so. They believe that if the central government starts taxing the people, the state governments would not be able to raise money
Expansionists, like Thomas Jefferson, were also angry with the decree because they fought for growth and prosperity for ... ... middle of paper ... ...ther revolutionary war from the two political parties especially that most of congress at this time was federalist and Jefferson with the help of federalist Hamilton because Hamilton did not want the republicans to have Aaron burr became the party leader and help persuade others in congress that Jefferson was the right man for the job. Jefferson however who enjoyed more time on his land and at his home in MonticelloWhen Jefferson came in office he was able to have a vision of what the country should and could be. A government that existed to protect liberty, not to grasp power for itself. He wanted the U.S. to be a great agricultural empire of liberty. One cannot think about the Republican Party without talking about Thomas Jefferson the leader of the party.
When forced under a model of authority, comes a yearning for independence. And because independence was the key factor to a free nation, Americans started a revolution. The American Revolution was in fact revolutionary because the patriots and those who wanted freedom had the desires of stating their demands to the British, taking action when needed, which all lead to the established formation of a new nation that was not under a monarch, but a democracy. The British’s ideals and expectations were different from the colonists’ views about the roles and rights of the people. According the textbook “Of The People A History of the United States,” the British became “ dismayed by what they perceived as the colonists’ selfishness….” (169).
The Stamp Act upset the colonist... ... middle of paper ... ...ited through their local governments though, because they wanted to stay colonies to Britain they still had no future plans for independence, the people believed that they would be able to either get representation in parliament or that the taxes on colonists would end. The parliamentary taxes were primarily the main reason for colonial rebellion; the colonies if being taxed very simply wanted representation in parliament. The British military measures and restriction of civil liberties are next because they are really tied together. Without one there could not be the other, and then last comes the legacy of colonial religion and political ideas. The sudden end to salutary neglect would impact the colonists in ways that the British could not have imagined, and would eventually be a main cause for the American Revolution, and forming of a new independent nation.
After his speech, “African Americans embraced Washington as their champion and adopted his autobiography, up from slavery as their guide to better future” (570). On the other hand, there were many people who disagreed with Washington’s view on freedom. One of them was W.E.B. Du Bois who demanded immediate equality for black people. According to Du Bois, he claimed that “ideas not slogans, principles not personalities were essential to the eradication of the many forms of bigotry and inequality that had perverted what he called “the ideal of human brotherhood” in America” (686).