The American Revolution was definitely revolutionary. The people broke free from Britain and gained independence. Only one third of the colonist enthusiastically supported the revolution. The colonist were unhappy and being treated terribly by their motherland and trouble started to brew.
The thirteen colonies that became the United States of America were originally colonies of Great Britain. By the time the American Revolution took place, the citizens of these colonies were beginning to get tired of the British rule. Rebellion and discontent were rampant. The main reason the colonies started rebelling against "mother England" was the taxation issue. The colonies debated England’s legal power to tax them and they did not wish to be taxed without representation. This was one of the main causes of the Revolutionary War. The Revenue Act of 1794 made the constitutional issue of whether or not the King had the right to tax the thirteen colonies an issue and eventually became an entering factor into the great dispute that was finally to wedge the American colonies from England.
The reaction against taxation became violent and the most powerful group in the population rose against the taxation. In October 1765, colonial representatives met on their own initiative for the first time. From this point on, events began to reach the point of no return for the colonies. In December 1773, the Boston Tea Party occurred as a reaction to the hated Tea Act of earlier that year. In 1774, the First Continental Congress met and formed an association, which ended up assuming leadership and spurred new local organizations to end royal authority. Because of the influence of these associations, many people joined the movement and collection of supplies and mobilization of troops began to take place.
Not everyone favored the revolutionary movement; this was especially true in areas of mixed cultures and in those that were untouched by the war. The citizens of the middle colonies were especially unenthusiastic about the revolution. Among those that did support a change, not everyone that joined the movement favored violence. Quakers and members of other religions, as well as many merchants from the middle colonies, and some discontented farmers and frontiersmen from southern colonies opposed the use of violence, and instead favored discussion and compromise as the best solution. The patriots were able to gain a great deal of support for a violent revolution from the less...