As completely as possible explain the meaning and importance of this quotation from john adams. the revolution was in the minds of the people; and continue: this was affected from 1760 to 1775 in the course of fifteen years before a single drop of blood was shed. identify specific events that aided this transformation.  be as througth as possible

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Adams is referring to the specific acts and legislation that was passed by England and its Parliament against the Colonists even before the first shot was fired.  The idea of being forced to house and feed British soldiers with the Quartering Act, to be taxed on basic supplies of life with the Sugar Act, and to have their thoughts to pass through censors and pay a fee for expressing them with the Stamp Act were all such examples.  The notion of being subjected to unreasonable searches with the Writs of Assistance, the Boston Massacre, the Intolerable Acts, and the entire idea of being under the control of the British helped to feed the idea that revolution was not something that merely "happened."  Rather, it was in the hearts and minds of the people, fomenting and percolating to the surface over time.

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You can really say the the American Revolution started at the end of the French and Indian War in 1763.  From that time until 1775, many of the colonists were getting more and more upset with the British.  However, they had not actually fought the British and they had not decided to become independent.

Some of the events, other than the French and Indian war itself, include

  • Proclamation of 1763
  • Stamp Act
  • Sugar Act
  • Coercive Acts
  • Boston Massacre
  • Declaratory Act
  • Quebec Act

All of these things made the colonists feel the British were trying to "enslave" them.

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