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Essay on Factors and Key Players in the American Revolution

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Rise to Rebellion The road to independence was a struggle for the American colonists. It marked not only the end of a tyrannical rule by King George, but also the creation of a world power. This voyage to democracy began in Boston, Massachusetts in 1770, after Captain Thomas Preston was accused of commanding his troops to fire on a mob of rioting civilians led by the rebel group the Sons of Liberty. This event, known as the Boston Massacre started one of the greatest uprisings in history. Preston sought out John Adams as his lawyer. Revolutionaries like Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and General Thomas Gage all possessed certain qualities that paved the way for what American independence. At first, the disorganized colonies lead…show more content…
In 1774 when the continental congress met for the first time this unifying factor was made known to prominent leaders from the thirteen colonies. These men would later use this one simple word, liberty, to craft what we now know as the United States of America.
“As the boundaries between them fell, the people began to understand what Lord North and King George did not; there was a reason to become united. The alarm had been sounded. They had a cause,” (Shaara pg 188) A few key men played increasingly important roles in this unification as the revolution progressed. Benjamin Franklin was a thinker; he came up with numerous ideas and inventions to enhance the lives of the people he served. One encounter that showed his true character was when Franklin received a letter from the People’s Assembly of Massachusetts to be their agent and represent them to the king. When Franklin accepts this offer, he goes to Lord Hillsborough for his appointment and Hillsborough basically said that the letter was wrong. Being a representative of the colonies was Franklin’s way of voicing his thoughts but it would have also brought him closer to the king. Franklin knew that there was a decision he had to make. In order to support the colonies he had to risk his own repulation to make an impact and fight for freedom. He and the other founding fathers were willing to sacrifice everything and ultimately created the world’s greatest
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