Examine the rationale behind a Colonial soldier fighting in the American Revolution.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Speaking from the broadest of perspectives, I would say that one of the motivating factors behind the colonial soldier fighting in the American Revolution resided in the realm of the intangible.  There was a compulsion to fight the British.  Perhaps, it was the opposition to the British taxation without any voice from Colonial legislatures in such a process.  Another rationale might have been the violation of Colonial rights such as with the Writs of Assistance or the Boston Massacre.  These violation of rights helped to provide rationale to Colonial soldiers because they were part of the reality that Colonial citizens had to live with in a practical and daily state of being.  I would also suggest that the mere belief in England that the Colonists could not and would not fight could be motivation for the Colonial soldier.  The British never really considered Colonial resistance a part of the reality that confronted them.  They simply discredited the colonists.  Organizations like the Committee of Correspondence and the fervor of revolution that had filtered throughout much of the colonies emphasized this, helping to provide rationale to the colonial soldier of the need to fight.  Finally, there is the fundamental hope of something new being created that could provide the rationale for the colonial soldier to persevere.  The removal of the British from Colonial life would enable more opportunities and greater control of one's economic, political, and social narratives.  While this was not in the forefront of every soldier, it did remain in the background, helping to fill out the story as to what helped to motivate or provide the rationale for Colonial soldiers to fight in the American Revolution.