What is the American Revolution?<br /><ul><li>The American Revolution was the political upheaval during the last half of the 18th century in which thirteen colonies and North America joined together to break free from the British Empire, combining to become the United States of America.
It is said to be the result of a series of social, political, and intellectual transformations in early American society and government.</li></ul>Source: Wikipedia.Com<br />
#1French and Indian War<br />The only reason America stayed under Britain’s rule for so long was for their protection from the French. But once Britain and France went to war, the need for Britain's protection became less significant for them. This was just another reason the Thirteen Colonies wanted independence from the British. The war had threatened the British empire, and it seemed to lose some of its prestige. <br />
#2 Pandemic <br />The plague known as “Black Death” occurred in the 1300’s. Once 30-60% of the population was wiped out, it forced people to question their leaders; but leaders were not able to come up with answers. This forced people to question authority, take measures in their own hands and deal with a problem themselves. <br />The American Revolution is another incident around the same time period where people are taking matters into their own hands and deal with a problem themselves. <br />Death In Political War <br />Death From Bubonic Plague<br />(Who do I turn to?)<br />(Who’s side do I take?)<br />In our opinion the black death is an indirect but extremely powerful movement to the American revolution because it taught people to take measures into their own hands and make a better state of life for themselves. <br />
#3- Americans felt they Deserved Equal rights with Englishmen<br />They first rejected the authority of the Parliament of Great Britain to govern them from overseas without representation, and then expelled all royal officials. <br />The Americans weren’t content with the rights they were granted from the English. The English thought of themselves as superior to the Americans and didn’t allow them to have a role in the governing of their own country. This discontentment is ultimately what led to the Revolutionary War.<br />
#4 Taxation on The Thirteen Colonies<br />The British started pushing taxes on the Thirteen Colonies purchases on playing cards, newspapers, and other commonly used items. The British claimed the taxes were established in order to pay for the Thirteen colonies ‘guaranteed protection.’ This was a more upfront method of taxation as compared to previous tariffs, <br />however, the Americans were upset none the less. After seeing the protection from the British crumble in the French /British War, the Thirteen Colonies were on their final straw with the British. Taxation pushed them over the edge and the majority of the people decided they needed change. <br />
#5 Governmental Discrepancies <br />America was divided into separate states each with its own small self-government system. Although this sounds fairly democratic, it wasn’t considering the English made up most of the state’s government. The Americans realized that if they were to continue their allegiance to the British, they would never be granted the freedom they desired. This is a large contributing factor that ultimately lead to victory of the revolutionary war<br />
Conclusion<br /><ul><li>There is no direct cause of the revolution, the war began as a disagreement over the way in which Great Britain treated the colonies versus the way the colonies felt they should be treated</li></ul>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Revolution<br />http://www.harlingen.isd.tenet.edu/coakhist/amrev.html<br />http://americanhistory.about.com/od/revolutionarywar/a/amer_revolution.htm<br />http://www.historycentral.com/revolt/causes.html<br />http://www.harlingen.isd.tenet.edu/coakhist/amrev.html<br />