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erin123star | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted August 6, 2013 at 11:30 PM via web

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What experiences besides economic deprivation or hardship might have caused colonists to resent their local or state governments?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 7, 2013 at 1:05 AM (Answer #1)

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Zinn makes the argument that the American Revolution was "half a revolution."  Essentially, the condition of landed wealth and entrenched power that the colonists rebelled against was replaced with entrenched colonial power.  The same tendencies of elitism and class stratification was reinforced with the establishment of the Continental Congress and the ruling Colonists upon the conclusion of the Revolution.

It would be here where colonists felt that sting of resentment against their local or state governments.  The American Revolution was fought on the political idea of "representation."  One's voice should be evident in one's government.  If government is comprised of voices that are not reflective of the people's condition, anger and resentment results.  Daniel Shays and other farmers rebelled for economic reasons as much as political ones.  Their voices were not being heard.  Their experiences were not validated.  Zinn makes the argument that the allure of power enabled the Colonists to replicate the same oppressive and elitist forms of power that were present before the Revolution.  In this, resentment outside of economic deprivation festered.

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