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Some thoughts on the American Revolution

Discussion in 'History Forum' started by Squire Robertsson, May 4, 2021.

  1. Squire Robertsson

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    Over the years, I've read a lot of negative comments about the AmRev on this Board. They seem to treat the events of 1776 isolation from the previous 100 or so years of English and Colonial history.
    I view the AmRev as the result of the developments. So, here we go.
    • The execution of Charles I saw the ascendancy of Parliament over the Crown. It took until George 1 for the modern Prime Minister and his Cabinet to be formally in place. However, the principle of the supremacy of the legislative branch over the Crown was in place by 1776.
    • The Glorious Revolution and the ascension of William and Mary to the throne reinforced the power of Parliament. The Act of Settlement of 1701 further reinforces Parliament's supremacy.
    • From the founding of the earliest colonies, London exercised a light hand in the rule of the colonies. Most of their governance came through the various legislatures (e.g. the Virginia House of Burgesses).
    Regrettably, after the French and Indian War/Seven Years War, Westminster and Buckingham Palace decided to tighten up on the colonies to help pay for the war debt. They saw the colonies in the same light as Ireland and the Scottish Highlands. A place to be exploited for the sole benefit of London and its Home County cronies. London's short sightedness can be seen in a variety of measures it took.
     
  2. Salty

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    We often say that the cause of the AM Ref was "Taxation without Representation is Tyranny. Actually that was # 14 on the list.
    The first three were:
    1) He has refused to assent to Laws....
    2) He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance...
    3) He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people,...
    (read in entirety) Text of the Declaration of Independence

    So why was taxes spoken so much --- IMHO -that was the one that would get the masses fired up.
    there were some 30 individual items that concerned the Americans.
     
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    "No taxation without representation" was the watchword well before the DOI.

    But as the OP states, the situation had been developing for some time. In fact, the DOI indicates that they endured for as long as they felt it better than taking the drastic step "to dissolve the political Bands."

    What Does "No Taxation Without Representation" Mean?

    On this day: “No taxation without representation!” - National Constitution Center

    Avalon Project - Resolutions of the Continental Congress October 19, 1765
     
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    The colonies were growing more & more-distant from London, & they had no say in Parliamentary actions, even if it affected them. Thus, they became more & more-defiant. The British, in response to that defiance, tightened down the screws, making war inevitable.

    I believe this came about as part of the "nation & company of nations" God promised Jacob. Since they were to be related, it's only natural that the colonists were mostly descended from British.

    The US repeated much the same policy with Japan from before WW1 onward, except Japan wasn't under our rule, with the biggest differences coming about over China. We tried to make Japan stop her aggression toward China, while Japan resented overseas interference in Asian affairs, & when we tried to force Japan's hand with the oil embargo, war became inevitable, even if the ETO hadn't occurred.
     
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