The Revolution Of The American Revolution

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“The revolution was effected before the war commenced. The revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people.” - John Adams, 1818
This quote means that the revolution actually took place metaphorically before the actually fighting began. It took place in the emotions and thoughts of the Americans.
The Road to Revolution
After the Seven Years’ War created a financial problem for Britain
The British tried to shoulder some of the financial responsibilities onto the Americas in the form of various taxes during 1763.
The eventual conflict was by no means inevitable as the tightening commercial, military, and cultural bonds between the colonies and mother country made the American Revolution considered remarkable when it occurred
The Deep Roots of Revolution
The New World gave the Americans a new start and thus wanted to disconnect from the Old World
Two ideas took root in the minds of colonists
Republicanism
A just society as one in which all citizens willingly subordinated their private, selfish interests to the common good
Radical Whigs
Feared the threat to liberty posed by monarch and ministers
Mounted withering attacks on the use of patronage and bribes
The Americans became use to living life by themselves, largely untouched by European politics
Mercantilism and Colonial Grievances
British believed that their control over the colonies was justified via the theory of Mercantilism
Mercantilists believed that wealth was power and that a country’s economic wealth could be
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