American Revolution Persuasive Essay
The American Revolutionary War forever changed the idea of a government “of the
people, by the people, and for the people” and took the first steps in bringing an end to the
world’s last great true empire. The reasons the Americans decided to break free from Great
Britain are numerous, but the British Empire’s sense of superiority was the most important
reason. Also important was the failure of the British Parliament to address the needs and growing
discontent of Americans weary of “taxation without representation.” Colonists also began to
oppose rule from Britain because of ideas developing in new intellectual schools ...view middle of the document...
The Quartering Act forced the colonies to provide housing for British troops stationed in
North America. The Americans resented and refused to enforce the act almost from day one for a
number of reasons
First and foremost was the cost. Creating barracks and putting up the troops was an
expensive measure that the colonies were loathe to undertake. Second, the Quartering Act
was indicative of a policy Americans did not support; having a large standing army in the
colonies. The colonists preferred having strong militia to deal with problems and not have
a large army present. (The Quartering Act, n.d., para. 3)
The Stamp Act imposed a tax on every document or newspaper printed or used in the colonies
(Stamp Act Imposed, n.d.). The tax was approved with no debate. Both acts alone would not have
led to war, but the two together, along with many other slights including the “Boston Massacre,”
helped radicals like Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and other New England patriots incite antiBritish
sentiment that would eventually lead to war.
The American Revolution was a culmination of many of the ideas of the Enlightenment,
a movement which began in Europe and raised ideas such as the “natural rights” of individuals
and the responsibility...