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What are some reasons people joined the Patriots in the Revolutionary War?

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asmathwiz | Student | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 6, 2012 at 2:05 PM via web

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What are some reasons people joined the Patriots in the Revolutionary War?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 6, 2012 at 2:17 PM (Answer #1)

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There were many reasons why people joined the Patriot side in this war.  Among them were 

  • Ideology.  Some people truly believed in the ideas of the Revolution.  They believed that monarchy was wrong and that the colonies should be free from Britain.
  • Personal reasons.  Some joined because they had grudges against the British or because their local enemies were Tories.
  • Adventure.  Young men often sign up to go to war just because they think it will be a great adventure.
  • A desire for freedom.  Some African American slaves joined the Patriot side because they hoped that doing so would allow them to gain their freedom.

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emtheawesome | Student, Grade 11 | TA | (Level 1) Honors

Posted March 18, 2015 at 12:36 PM (Answer #2)

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There are many reasons why some people joined the Patriots during the Revolutionary War. Here are some reasons why:

  • They were fed up with the unfair taxes. The people were being taxed a lot due to the fact that England was in major debt because of the French and Indian War. Since England protected the colonies, they decided that they should pay for it. 
  • They thought that their rights were being ignored. Some colonists believed that they were not being represented properly in the British Parliament.
  • The increase in British soldiers in the colonies. Since there was unrest in the colonies, King George sent soldiers over to calm things down. The soldiers would force people to let them board in their houses, and they would show high disrespect for the people's possessions and their kindness. (well, some of them)
  • They were angry over the Boston "Massacre". (I do not consider it a massacre but murders instead). The colonists were getting fired up at this point because the British soldiers murdered 5 colonists in cold blood. Paul Revere put a picture he made himself of the incident in newspapers, which made the British soldiers look even more evil and cruel. The picture is in the references.
  • Boston Harbor was closed. After the Boston Tea Party, King George closed Boston Harbor as a punishment. This was a main port for the colonists, and people began to starve. Not many people know this, but the other colonies pitched in and sent food and supplies to the starving Bostonians. At this point, all of the colonists had something to fight for.

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thetall | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted March 19, 2015 at 7:33 AM (Answer #3)

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People’s decisions to join the patriots were diverse in nature. Some people believed in the idea of liberation from the king’s rule. Under his kingship, Americans were denied their rights and freedoms and were forced to live under oppressive conditions despite their pleas for fairness. For this reason some people opted to join the patriots who advocated for liberation from such an exploitative rule.

The black slaves decided to join the patriots in the American Revolution for the sole purpose of gaining freedom. Other people made their decision based on the British policy that taxed Americans without giving them representatives in parliament. They believed that since the parliament was too far away, there was no way they would have ever obtained representatives to present their needs and so since their voice was unrepresented, they should not be taxed.

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