Analysis of Jefferson's Theories

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According to Thomas Jefferson, "kings are the servants, not the proprietors of the people." In his bold document, "Summary View of the Rights of British America," Jefferson pompously but intelligently lays down his argument against British rule over the colonies. Jefferson takes it upon himself to offer advice to King George III, who he addresses personally in this treatise. The author didactically cites historical examples of the changing role of the monarchy throughout British history. With regards to the American colonies, Jefferson argues that Great Britain has no legal dominion over the territories or its people. He states, "you have no ministers for American affairs." By this, Jefferson refers to the fact that the colonies have long been self-governed. Moreover, Jefferson tells the king frankly to keep British legislation where it belongs: across the pond. Jefferson tells the king frankly to "think and to act for yourself and your people" and leave the colonies alone. Jefferson thinks the role the king plays in the government of the empire and its colonies is currently an illegitimate one, based on legal, political, and economic reasons. The king, according to Jefferson, has enforced "arbitrary measures" including various tariffs and taxes to try and exude both political and economic power over the colonies. "From time to time," Jefferson claims, his majesty has also sent armies over in the express attempt to intimidate. Those armies are illegitimate on American soil,
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