Chapter 5 Frq Essay

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The events that lead to the American Revolution have convinced a part of the colonists that it had been justified. It did not begin with all the colonists wanting to revolt against Britain, but with the beliefs that were expressed through the English writers: Locke, Rousseau, and Hobbes who all had different opinions of what warranted a revolution. After the French and Indian War in 1754, the Proclamation of 1763 had been enforced, creating a tense relationship between the colonists and Britain. Although the American Revolution seemed rational from the perspective of the Patriots and Non-landowning free men, the Loyalists have believed that a revolt would be too hazardous.
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Many colonists near the frontier border who were poor also wanted to expand due to the family size. There were quite many people who were non-landowning free men that agreed to the revolution. Jean Rousseau creates the political theory that introduced the original state of man and that man consents to give away part of their natural freedom for the benefits of order. Rousseau believes that the role of government is to; at most, attempt to maintain liberty and equality. The Stamp Act of 1765 had required Americans to purchase special stamps to validate legal documents. This threatened the liberty of colonists as they were charged for everyday products, from a deck of playing cards to a wedding certificate. The Boston Tea Party in 1773 had been the result of the monopolization of The East India Company and its tax on tea. From early colonial times, to the revolution, only white land owners were allowed to vote. This angered many of the non-landowning free men as rights were different to those who had land and those who hadn't. Men who had land were part of the colonial assemblies that were involved in law-making. Many came to the New World for social mobility- to come with nothing and to prosper. Non-landowning free men justified a revolution as the government did not maintain order, equality and liberty. There is no equality that maintained order, that questioned the role of government and those participated within.
However, not all colonists wanted to separate from Britain. Thomas Hobbes finds the role of government to...

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