American Revolution and William Byrd Essay

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“The British American: William Byrd in Two Worlds”

1. How did William Byrd’s life in Virginia reflect British influences? How did it reflect American characteristics? (Mention pertinent customs, interests, institutions, and objects.)

2. In view of William Byrd’s great wealth and influence in Virginia, why didn’t he simply stay in America?

3. In what respects was colonial Virginia an aristocratic society? In what respects was it democratic?

4. The author suggests that in England, William Byrd was something of a gadabout, whereas in
America his life was more stable and constructive. In what ways do Byrd’s vocational, intellectual, and sexual activities support this argument?

5. This chapter describes several levels
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2. In what ways did Boucher contribute to colonial society and education while he was in
America?

3. Like the Patriots, Jonathan Boucher opposed the Stamp Act—why?

4. What was Boucher’s position on the questions of bishops and clerical salaries? How did his thinking on these issues influence his relationship to the Revolutionary movement?

5. Why did Jonathan Boucher leave America? How did other people treat him in his final months in the colonies?

6. What was the Lockean view of government? In what ways did Boucher support it? What was the philosophical basis of his opposition to the Revolution?

7. What did Jonathan Boucher mean when he argued that liberty is merely a “phantom”—a “magical and misleading word”?

8. Were the Patriots justified in driving Jonathan Boucher into exile? Should they have allowed Tories the same liberty they demanded for themselves?

“The American Revolution, 1776: The Continental Army in the Year of Independence”

1.The author claims that American independence did not become a reality on July 4, 1776. In what ways was America still subordinate to Britain after Independence Day?

2. For what reasons did people join and desert the Continental army?
3. What were George Washington’s principal accomplishments and weaknesses as a military leader in 1775–1776?
4. Why was Washington “wearied to death” in 1776?
5. Describe the contribution of each
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