The American Revolution

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The American Revolution has provided no shortage of patriotic and romanticized images and ideals for the general public throughout history. Indeed, to this very day, Americans hark back to this ‘glorious achievement’ with pride and use it as fuel for everything from selling jeans (Levi/Strauss) to the creation of video games (Assassin’s Creed.) But the question has remained, for all the hoopla and “remembrance” that surrounds this period in western history – was this revolution justified? As the evidence will help provide, the American Revolution was indeed justified. The problems facing the colonists in North America were as numerous as there were colonists. First was the barring of expansion into newly annexed territory after the climax of the Seven Years War, which resulted in the first peacetime stationing of troops across the colonies. This prevented the colonists from expanding as the populations started to rise while also declining to provide infrastructure to support the population. Then came the beginning of several official acts between 1764 and 1766: The Sugar Act (duties on imports), the Currency Act (abolishment of paper currency), and the Stamp Act (taxation on paper goods). While the colonies were at first willing to go along with these proceedings, The Stamp Act resulted in widespread dissent. Riots and boycotts ensued, crowds prevented the offloading of British goods from ships, and they burnt down stamp offices. Their dissent was noted and the governors
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