Were the colonist justified in revolting from Great Britain? Explain why this is potentially a bad idea.    

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The colonists were justified in revolting from Great Britain. However, there were risks involved in doing this.

The colonists believed the British government violated their rights. The colonists believed the tax laws such as the Stamp Act and the Townshend Acts violated their rights because they didn’t have representatives in Parliament who could vote on these laws. The colonists also felt the search warrants to cut down on smuggling were illegal. When Parliament passed the Intolerable Acts in response to the Boston Tea Party, the colonists refused to obey these laws. Eventually, fighting broke out at Lexington and at Concord. Many colonists knew a war against Great Britain was more likely after these battles occurred.

While the colonists felt they had the right to break free from British rule, there were some hazards in doing this. The British had taken care of many things for which we would now be responsible. We would have to build and supply our military. This wouldn’t be an easy task to accomplish. We would have to develop a plan of government that would allow us to govern ourselves. It turned out the first plan wasn’t that effective and had to be replaced. This showed how difficult it was to write an effective plan of government. The government would have to deal with those people who weren’t going to be happy with any form of government that we developed. We also were going to have to deal with other countries that were going to try to test us to see how we would respond to their aggressive actions toward us. For example, we would have to deal with countries that were interfering with our trade. Under British rule, these were things for which we were not responsible.

Independence sounded like a great idea to many colonists. It also carried with it a huge responsibility that we might not have fully been ready to meet at that time.