The American Revolution Of The United States

864 WordsSep 24, 20154 Pages
Across the United States, history classes tell American children are told of the brave colonists dumping tea into the harbor in the name of democracy. There is no doubt that early Americans would go to any length to acquire a representative government. The American Revolution was not simply about gaining independence from Britain, but rather about facilitating becoming a democracy because of its independence. The colonists’ attempts to make America more democratic led to the need for independence from Britain through the American Revolution. King George III signed the Proclamation of 1763, which prohibited the colonists from settling west of the Appalachian Mountains, without taking into account what the colonists’ wanted. This proclamation was the first in a long series of events that made the Americans’ desire for democracy and, subsequently, independence from England grow. British government left no room for representation for Americans by Americans. British Parliament continually created acts that taxed Americans without their discretion. These acts included the Quartering Act, the Sugar Act, and the Stamp Act. The Stamp Act could be said to have been the tipping point for the colonists. In 1765, the Stamp Act required Americans to pay a tax on all paper documents in the colonies. Legal documents, newspapers, and even playing cards were taxed. These papers were then stamped to prove the tax had been paid. When the Stamp Act went into effect in the colonies, people were
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