Essay On The Causes Of The French And American Revolution

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The American, French, Haitian, and Mexican revolutions are epitomes of responsible citizens advocating for social and political upheaval in hopes of saving and furthering their states. These revolutions, more than others, exemplify nations that rebelled against governments which maliciously abused their power. The American Revolution focused on achieving independence from Britain, as Britain abused their power by unfairly taxing colonists. The Mexican Revolution concentrated on eliminating dictatorship, as Porfirio Dίaz, a Mexican president abused his power by declaring himself the winner of several terms in office. Likewise, the French and Haitian revolutions both targeted the unfair treatment and abuse of those in lower socioeconomic…show more content…
Parliament repealed (1766) the Stamp Act but passed an act formally declaring its right to tax the colonies.” Although the Stamp Act was repealed, many politicians suggested that taxation without a role in the British parliament was not equitable for the colonists, this set a foundation for colonists to stand up against unfair taxation. “Colonial political theorists—not only radicals such as Samuel Adams … but also moderates such as … John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin—asserted that taxation without representation was tyranny.” As colonists had already shown aversion towards the British’s taxation, any more acts of it would cause the colonists to rebel against the British’s abuse of power, thus forming a revolution.
In addition to the American Revolution, the Mexican Revolution was also caused by abuse of power, by a president, known as Porfirio Dίaz. Mexico’s middle class was protesting against Porfirio Dίaz, a president turned dictator that ruled for three and a half decades. “The Mexican Revolution began as a movement against the long-standing dictatorship of Porfirio Dίaz (1876 - 1911).” Dίaz’s rise to the presidency was not necessarily democratic, as he was an army officer that came to power through a military seizure. “Like many of Mexico’s nineteenth-century rulers, Dίaz was an army officer who had come to power by a coup.” Dίaz was successful in forming a stable political system, but it did not conform to the Mexican Constitution. “Unlike his
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