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American Idealism & the Road to Revolution

The events leading to and causing the American Revolution
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Ben Bailey

on 26 September 2017

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Transcript of American Idealism & the Road to Revolution

Proclamation of 1763 sets boarders on Western edge of Colonies.
Fighting Brings Unity in America:
Colonists settle westward, run into French.
The Road to the American Revolution
Early attempts to join together:
New Taxes, but no Representation:
Boston Massacre!
The Boston Tea Party!
The Shot Heard 'Round the World:
The Battle of Lexington & Concorde: April 19, 1775
Tensions Boil Over:
Evolution of American Idealism
The Magna Carta; 1215
Pilgrims' Mayflower Compact; 1620
John Locke; mid-1600's
Thomas Paine; Common Sense; America: 1776
Franklin's "Albany Plan of Union"; 1754
The Declaration of Independence.
French & Indian War: 1754-1763.
Brings "Red Coats" from England
Soldiers don't leave.
Take land, build forts, raise taxes,
What are the founding IDEALS of the U.S.A.?
Colonies had own governments since 1619.
Great differences between the Colonies: Religion, slavery, climate, crops, etc...
March 5, 1770
December 16, 1773
What is America?
The King had to give rights to his Barons!
Property ownership
No slavery to the king
Fair legal treatment
Judgement by peers
A promise to make good laws in the interest of those the laws affect.
The Law of Nature, Natural Rights
Private vs. Public Property
Consent, Political Obligation, and the Purpose of Government
Builds on Previous to argue:
Independence
Create own Democratic Republic
Americans are used to being alone, but still British
Raw Materials
Manufactured Goods
Slaves
Slaves,
Molasses
Manufactured
Goods
Mercantilism
Mercantilism
Incident in Boston:
Massacre?
~ or ~
Tragedy?
Punishment by the Government
Separation of Powers
Tolerance of Religion, Religious Influences on Government
The Great Awakening; 1730's-1740's
Personal Salvation
New Denominations
International
Somewhat "Rebellious" in Nature
God > King
Spain enters the war in America
Britain wins, Treaty of Paris settles the disputes.
From 1763 - 1775, a timeline of causes of the American Revolution:
American
Smugglers
Indian Tea
EQUALITY
RIGHTS
LIBERTY
OPPORTUNITY
DEMOCRACY
But WHERE did these American Ideals come from?
Raw Materials
The British react and the Colonists stand up against them...
1775, the Second Continental Congress
1. Send officials to England for Representation
2. Set up Militias, armories, training
3. One last try: The Olive Branch Petition
Committees of Correspondence
What is the background story to how the United States became new nation?
How did life in Colonial America help to create a situation where revolution might happen?
How did a relatively normal little war end up causing the American Revolution more than ten years later?
What do taxes and government have to do with why Americans rebelled against the British?
Proclamation of 1763
Sugar Act, 1764
Quartering Act, 1765
Stamp Act, 1765
Townshend Act, 1767
Boston Massacre, 1770
Boston Tea Party, 1773
Intolerable Acts, 1774
Continental Congress, 1774
New regulations stay
New taxes stay
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