The Unjustified Fight for Independence in America

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The original colonists of America believed in the right of revolution. They believed that the people had an obligation to revolt and become independent from their rulers, if their rulers had become tyrannical. They also believed though that in such circumstances, the people must “declare the causes which impel them to the separation” (US Declaration of Independence). Thus, when the colonists declared independence from Britain they listed several abuses in the Declaration of Independence to prove to the world their fight for independence, or the American Revolution, was justified. Specifically, the colonists argued that Britain had prevented self-governance in the colonies, had encroached on the colonists’ rights and freedoms, and had begun to attempt to suppress the colonists by using physical force. However, King George was actually a just ruler, and oftentimes, it was the colonists who failed to see the rationale behind his decisions; therefore, the colonists fought against a non-existent tyranny, and the American Revolution was unjustifiable. In the first section of the list of abuses in the Declaration of Independence, the colonists alleged that Britain had prevented self-governance in the colonies, something that the colonists thought they were entitled to based on precedence from other British colonies (SparkNotes Editors, n.d. b). They argued that Britain had repeatedly passed laws for the colonists without their input or consent and had dissolved elected colonial legislatures, and that King George had refused to give Royal Assent to most of the laws the colonies did manage to pass (“ColonialHall-Declaration”, n.d.; “Digital History: The American Revolution”, n.d.). However, the colonists did not consider the whole pictur... ... middle of paper ... ... http://www.sparknotes.com/history/american/revolution/ SparkNotes Editors. (n.d. b). SparkNote on The Declaration of Independence (1776). Retrieved April 22, 2010, from http://www.sparknotes.com/history/american/declaration/ The Stamp Act. (n.d.). Retrieved April 18, 2010 from http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/related/stampact.htm Tebbel, J. (1993). Turning the World Upside Down: Inside the American Revolution. New York, New York: Orion Books. Todd, D. (2009). The Massachusetts Government Act of 1774: The Second of the Intolerable Acts Increased Tensions. Retrieved May 12, 2010 from http://colonial-america.suite101.com/article.cfm/the_massachusetts_government_act_of_1774 Wilde, R. (n.d.). Why Britain attempted to tax American colonists. Retrieved May 12, 2010 from http://europeanhistory.about.com/od/warsinnorthamerica/a/whybritaintaxedamerica.htm
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