The American Revolution And The Civil War

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In the eyes of most, the American Revolution was a momentous event that shaped not only what would now be the America we know today but the whole world as well. However, this event had ramifications that affected the history of America for many years to come. In fact, many of those same ramifications led to what we know as the American Civil War. While it may be difficult to distinguish whether or not the Civil War was an inevitable consequence of the
American Revolution due to lack of correlating evidence, there are certain decisions and events that would highlight the causes and their correlation to the Civil War. This essay will put into perspective the happenings that ultimately caused the Civil War, how it compared to the
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At the heart of the conflict was the issue of slavery, which posed similar questions to those of the Revolution.
After the conclusion of the Seven Years’ War, Britain was burdened with a severe war debt. To solve this problem, Britain enacted new tax laws such as the Sugar Act and the Stamp
Act in 1764 and 1765 respectfully. These acts angered the colonists as it seemed like “an intrusion into the long-held colonial practice of self taxation by elected colonial assemblies.
Passed by Parliament in 1765 and ordered in to effect by the King two weeks later, the Stamp
Act was Britain’s first intentional attempt to enact governmental authority over the colonies. This act, along with Britain political infighting over which party was pushing America to rebel, would spark the beginning of the colonists’ rebellion and set into motion a slew of events that would lead to the American Revolution, including the Boston Massacre, the Gaspee Affair, and the
Boston Tea Party. By the time Britain tried to make amends with the colonies, it was already too late. The colonists were planning a rebellion in order to grab the reigns to their land from the tyranny of the British Empire and to create a true land of freedom. The American Revolution itself was a battle of freedom and liberty for the colonists. It was their struggle to take control of their colonies from Britain as well as obtain the freedom they sought
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