Analyzing a Revolution: Were the Colonists Justified in Declaring Independence?
I agree that the colonists were justified for declaring their independence from England. This was audacious decision on the Americans end. There were many things that lead up to the colonists anger that preceded to make more and more colonists want freedom for England. One of the legitimate reasons for these oncoming concepts started during the French and Indian war. The British colonists fought in the French and Indian war for seven years. After the victory of England the American colonists believed they should have the right to expand westward since the Indians aided the French during the war. In order to keep the peace with the Indians the English refused …show more content…
Unruly patriots taunted British soldiers, and the soldiers shot and killed a couple of colonists. Outraged by the deaths of the colonists more people started to join the cause for independence. At that point many of the important advocates for independence were at their peak. When parliament enacted the tea act that compelled the colonists to only buy British tea the Sons and Daughters of liberty took their first official action. Throwing tea into the Boston Harbor was their first initial set towards independence. Once you think the English were going to give up they enforced the intolerable acts which initially took away many of the colonists freedoms. This is when the sons of Liberty started thinking about a document to declare their independence. They initially knew that American motivation was already “animated”. An example of one of the motivational quotes were “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”-Declaration of Independence. People liked the thought of those things in a new government which the England have been taking away from them. Another right that was unfairly coordinated was the right to a fair trial. Colonists speculated and realized that they needed American lawyers, judges, and juries. It was an unfair trial because the …show more content…
They wanted a democratic republic run by the people not by the government. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”-Amendment I Bill of Rights. They wanted a free land, somewhere where we can all be free and not oppressed citizens. Even if the government wasn’t perfected, this gave future generations a way to make a better life and nation. “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” ― Patrick Henry. I believe they were right to have broken their chains of the English empire, and fought fiercely for a better imminent
The passion for freedom was a unextinguishable flame. The fury fueled by the injustices of Great Britain induced the desire to break away from the mother country and develop a new independent government. This idea started to materialize when Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin wrote and adopted the Declaration of Independence, which stated the colonies' intention to create their own government. Thomas Jefferson and the other authors carefully manipulates their language by using parallelism and diction in order to persuade the reader to fight for personal rights and justice.
When in the course of the household we, the teens, have always had the responsibility of doing the chores around the house.When oneself has to do chores one has to miss out on hanging out with friends, going to the mall, et cetera. Of course we do not wish to be disrespectful toward our parents but it is now time that we write our own Declaration of Independence. It is important that our parents or guardians know how everyone feels about the chores that have been placed on us and why we should be independent.
The colonists were in every right, aspect and mind, not only justified but also it was about time that they stood of and actually take action against the British. The choice of going to war with them, was the only choice that they had. All diplimatical options that they had ceased to stand a chance against the tyrant Britain. From the very beginning when the colonists felt upset against their mother country and the way that they went about the law making, up until the beginning of the war, they tried all diplimatical options that they had, by sending letters, you name it. When they didn’t work then they had no other means but to declare war.
Justification of the Colonists' Declaration of Independence from England Were the colonist justified in declaring independence from England? I feel that they had plenty of just cause to separate themselves. England was taxing the colonies without fair representation in Parliament, the British also took away the right to assemble, and they were using different tactics to attempt to intimidate the colonists. One of the greatest thing that angered the colonists was the taxation without representation. The British government had good reason to tax the colonies, because they just went to war to defend them.
The colonists were correct to split from Britain and conduct war because the British were unjust to the colonists. For instance, In Paul Revere’s engraving “The Bloody Massacre” shows the British shooting the colonists and being ordered to while the colonists are unarmed and undefended ( Doc C ). This was an unjust treatment to the colonists because revolting against the British in such a small manner is no reason to kill/hurt them in any sort of manner. The colonists were unarmed making them
There were a lot of events leading up to the colonists deciding to finally declare there independence from Great Britain. The British put numerous taxes on the colonies, which they sought to be unfair. The stamp tax and the tea tax were just a few of the taxes that made the colonists upset with the British. Colonists protested these acts in many ways. The Son's of Liberty were a group that was created to protest and they were responsible for such demonstrations as The Boston Tea Party. Then there was actually violence involved in the 1760's. This is when the Boston Massacre happened, where British soldiers in Boston shot at an angry mob and killed five colonists. Finally there were actual battles going on between the British soldiers and the American soldiers at Lexington and Concord before the war was started and before the Americans declared independence. All of these events led to much tension between Great Britain and the America. What colonists were to do after these events led to much debate. It was the right time for independence but the question of if they were actually going to do it arose. This is where Thomas Paine and his pamphlet Common Sense comes into the picture. Paine was from England and came to America in 1774. He was a friend of Benjamin Franklin, were he found him Paine a job in Philadelphia. It is in Philadelphia were Paine wrote Common Sense after he met delegates from the Second Continental Congress. In his pamphlet lie many convincing arguments for the case of independence for the colonists.
After the French Indian War ended, the Britain was in debt, and they also wanted to have more control of the colonies, and the colonists. They passed different acts and procedures in order to collect money, and hold the control of the colonists, and the colonies. Yet the colonists were not given any representation, and they were losing their freedoms one by one; these caused a serious tension between Britain and the colonies, which eventually lead to the American revolution, followed by the Declaration of Independence. The colonies were justified for declaring independence from England, because the king of England caused “repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over the states”("The
After enduring “a long train of abuses and usurpations” the colonists decided to declare themselves free of British rule (para 2). Jefferson writes that given their “unalienable rights . . . Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”, “it is the Right of the People . . . to institute new Government”, one that will fairly represent them, to reestablish order (para 2). The Declaration of Independence does not seek to convince or even encourage action; rather, it aims to declare. There are no mistaking Jefferson’s words. The Colonists are tired of the mistreatment and they are effectively severing all “Allegiance to the British Crown, and . . . political connection” (para 23). The audience of The Declaration of Independence, the world, is specifically addressed twice. The first
The colonies did not initially desire to succeed and become independent from the British, at first they were very proud of being British. Throughout the years of being a British Colony, The mother country of Britain committed actions that the colonists could not stand much longer. From taxation without representation to quartering British soldiers unwillingly, the tension built up until the colonists eventually rebelled. Some colonists remained loyal to the crown, while others joined the rebellion. These rebellious forces grew in strength and number, when the rebellion grew too big, the Revolution sparked. No longer would the colonist be forced to the British law, the colonists were willing to fight and die for their freedom. This event was
“The [ American ] Revolution...was in the minds and hearts of the people. This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments and affections...was the real American Revolution”- John Adams,1818. This quote symbolizes the reasons, and importance for the Colonists wanting freedom.Great Britain had left the Colonists to govern themselves till the 1760s.The Colonists developed different lifestyles than Britain. They had different perceptions of how a government should rule their citizens. They did not want to be controlled at Britain's behest. Unreasonable laws, and taxes were why the Colonists went war.
When the Revolutionary War began on April 19, 1775, the colonists were not looking to separate completely from Great Britain. By offering the King the Olive Branch petition later in the year, the colonists proved they simply wanted their rights restored. However, after the petition was denied, the colonists realized they could no longer restore their relationship with Great Britain. On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, announcing their independence from Great Britain. This document was drafted by Thomas Jefferson and Congress later approved of the final draft, omitting certain parts such as the clause that condemned the slave trade. The Declaration of Independence did not just announce the colonists’
The American Revolution was not only a battle between the British and the colonists; it was a historical movement that brought about new ways of thinking. The ideas of liberty and equality began to be seen as essential to the growth of the new nation. The separation of the American colonies from the British Empire occurred for a number of reasons. These reasons are illustrated in the Declaration of Independence. Although Thomas Jefferson wrote the document, it expressed the desire of the heart of each colonist to be free of British rule. British rule over the colonies became unbearable in the early months of 1776, making it clear to the colonists that it was time to either give in to British power or declare their independence. This idea of independence divided the colonies, but it was not long before a revolutionary committee met in Philadelphia and drew up the document that would change American history.
The American Revolution had everyone on their toes, wondering what would be the outcome of this vital battle between the British and the American colonists. American colonists were furious at Britain for the way they controlled their every move, and applied tons of unfair restrictions on them, and all this madness is what started the American Revolution. Were the American colonists justified in waging war and breaking away from Britain? The Americans were definitely justified by waging war on Britain, because the British had unfair acts and taxes on the colonists, had harsh restrictions, and also because British was very violent toward the Americans.
American colonists were faced with a decision: continue to be a part of Great Britain or secede and become an individual country. The latter was what the majority of colonists favored, and thus making it no surprise that they managed to accomplish this – justified in doing so - and venture out on their own, as their own. Great Britain owned the colonies and the American colonists were proud to be in unity with this colony known as the mother country, until conflicts climaxed and Americans felt there were no other options than to rule their own. The British taxed Americans unconstitutionally, violated their rights, and forced them to rely on Britain to convert their natural resources into usable goods to raise the influx
Patrick Henry argues that they tried to get liberty peacefully but it didn't work. He asked the council " Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer on the subject? Nothing.". They have tried to talk to the Britain's that they wanted freedom and liberty. The Britain's turned them down like when the U.S turned down the league of nations. They tried petitions, they tried supplications, and the Britain's ignored them.