How can I write an intro to this Free Response Question about King George and the American Revolution?"The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and...

How can I write an intro to this Free Response Question about King George and the American Revolution?

"The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states."

Evaluate this accusation against King George III as stated above in the Declaration of Independence.

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In order to write a good introduction, you have to decide what position you are going to take on the question.  Are you going to agree that King George III and the British government were trying to establish an absolute tyranny over the American colonies or are you going to argue that they were not.

I would argue that King George was not really trying to tyrannize the colonies and that Jefferson's claim was more of an example of political hyperbole than a serious statement of fact.  My introduction, then, would look something like this:

Although Thomas Jefferson claimed that King George III was trying to create "an absolute tyranny" over the colonies, this was more political hyperbole than actual fact.  It is true that the King and his government imposed laws that the Americans did not like such as the Stamp Act and the Coercive Acts.  However, these laws had goals other than tyranny.  Jefferson called accused the King of trying to create a tyranny because he thought that accusation would help convince Americans to rebel.

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