October 30, 2010
Reaction Paper # 2
The Road to Independence
This reaction paper is written from the section "The Road to Independence" in the book Documents to Accompany America's History. All of the readings further elaborated on the information we are learning in class. In the paragraphs followed I will go over the main points of each section then summarize my overall feelings about the passages.
In the first section, "An Account of the Boston Tea Party of 1773", the document gives us a first hand look at the organization of the participants involved in the Boston Tea party. He tells us how after a meeting and everything was planned, the events that followed were very distinct and secretive. Those involved only knew there commanders name and what they were to do. They did not know everyone's name who participated or what they were told to do. This degree of secrecy was strictly for protection of being discovered. Those who were involved felt strongly that "every man should do his duty, and be true to his country."
In the second section "A British View of Rebellion in Boston" it discusses how Parliament closed the Harbor until the British East India Company received the money for the tea the Indians had dumped out. Obviously closing the harbor did not strengthen the relationship between the colonies and Parliament. Phillip Dawe constructed a cartoon that shows Bostonians repaying a British officer. The Bostonians were giving him a jacket of tar and feathers and in the background rebels continued to dump out tea. The man in the cartoon is one who was despised among colonists. The closing of the harbor had only further pushed colonists to feel rejected and unheard. Other colonies had begun to send supplies to the Bostonians, rendering their continuous support.
The third section "The Edenton, North Carolina Boycott Agreement," discusses the documents that the women of Edenton, North Carolina had signed in 1770 and 1774. The document talks about how the women cannot turn their backs on the happiness of the country. To my discrepancy, they do not seem exceedingly aggressive in getting their point across. However, they are stern regarding their intentions within the boycott.
In the fourth section "A Summary of the Rights of British America", the colonists called for an inter-colonial congress in response to the Stamp Act. In 1774 Thomas Jefferson was a relatively unestablished member of the House of Burgesses and when it was time to choose seven delegates to represent Virginia, he was not chosen. However, Jefferson had a lot of passion and bold feelings regarding the relationship between the colonies and England. He wrote a pamphlet of resolutions called "A Summary View of the Rights of British America." The pamphlet expressed his feelings about colonial rights and parliament which defended the colonists in every...