Wealth In Colonial America

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“There are times that try men’s souls”(Paine). The once colonial nation of the United States of America was established in 1776 upon the values of freedom and the entitlement to freedom in the economy and politics. There were many critical incidents in which the discourse of one’s inherent rights was displayed during this time period where the British led decades of tyranny and economic oppression such as the Tea Act and the Stamp Act. Nevertheless, it was the conflict of economics that empowered the people to rise up to the war. The Revolution that started with the purpose of economic freedom with factors such as the taxation imposed by the British, the wealthy people of the colony's were fed up with the British controlling the trade and…show more content…
The wealth that was generated by the colonies were of a massive significance to British interests. Actions committed by the British Parliament such as the Staples Act in 1663 did not allow the colonists to export goods from America, Europe or Asia. According to Howard Zinn “ the American leadership was less in need of English rule, the English more in need of the colonists' wealth” (Zinn). This dependency on the colonies wealth made the leaders of the colonies question the British authority and the idea of them controlling the wealth of the colonies, all the way to the political structure. This quote affirms how the rich had realised the British’s dependency towards them and used it to their own advantage. The taxation was a ploy used by the British to manipulate and turn the anger of the people into a weapon against the British. This is proven during the aftermath of the revolt in which many merchants became more wealthy with a massive economic disparity. Zinn affirms this when he states that “Boston's taxpayers controlled 49% of the city's taxable assets...Philadelphia and New York... wealth was more and more concentrated. Court-recorded wills showed that by 1750 the wealthiest people in the cities were leaving 20,000 pounds (equivalent to about $5 million today”(Zinn). From this quote, it can be established just how much the wealthy the merchants and the upper-class people of the United States became during the aftermath of the revolution. This played a massive impact on the socioeconomic culture on the nation and the future of it ahead. These actions that were committed by the British rule goes against Thomas Hill Green’s core philosophy of the rights that protect the common good. According to Zinn ‘‘There were 25,000 people….. when the French and Indian War ended. A newspaper editor wrote about the growing “between 1774 and 1800
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