Revolutionary War Dbq

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Throughout the decades, a long debate has taken place over what really caused the American Revolutionary War: a war fought for colonial independence from Great Britain. Historians claim single events such as the Boston Tea Party or the British declination of the Olive Branch Petition. But what these historians fail to include is the long standing oppression that slowly accrued until the colonists cracked. It was invoked by a series of events rather than one pivotal change. The Revolutionary War was caused by colonial displeasure with the acts imposed by Britain, improved self government, and ultimately the Declaration of Independence. The first set of acts and the trigger of all the events present hereafter were the Writs of Assistance: which …show more content…

They only hurt merchants and Ohio Territory Pioneers. But that was quick to change. Britain began passing acts that directly affected the colonists. The first of which being the Stamp Act of 1765, which required a stamp be placed on all legal documents and paper. (Faragher, 3: 143). It was the first act that affected all colonists and was considered especially onerous. This was met with considerable outrage. Later came the Townshend, Tea, Boston Port, Massachusetts Government, Murder, and Quartering Acts. With each decree colonists became more irate and their rebellions grew larger and more violent. Rebellions such as the Boston Tea Party came in response to the aforementioned …show more content…

They created “colonial laws” in regards to the conduct Toward Britain such as a non importation and non-consumption agreements. Those stated that British goods would not be imported or consumed by colonists, and those who disobey were also tarred and feathered or hung colonists were becoming more unified in their desires to deter British control. The colonists were becoming more and more unified in their resentment of Britain. Patrick Henry demonstrates this, “The distinctions between Virginians, Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers, and New Englanders are no more. I Am Not A Virginian, But An American!” (“Quotes about American Revolution”). They pursued self-government and formal organizations such as the First and Second Continental Congresses and the Virginia Resolves the govern affairs of the colonies discuss the route with which to go with the British they decided upon the Olive Branch Petition which was the last opportunity for Britain to regain favor with the

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  • Argues that the american revolutionary war was caused by colonial displeasure with the acts imposed by britain, improved self-government, and ultimately the declaration of independence.
  • Explains that the writs of assistance gave british officials permission to search ships and seize what was determined to be smuggled. this angered the colonists because the act was unregulated and unjust.
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