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The Grievances of the Colonists

You will actually find a long list of grievances that many of the American colonists had against the king in the Declaration of Independence itself. Thomas Jefferson wanted to make it clear that...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2019 10:44 am UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

After 1763 and the French and Indian War, the British Empire was left with a very big debt to pay. Because of this, the British government decided to tax the American colonists in order to get more...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2020 12:41 pm UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

In the Declaration of Independence, the Revolution is framed as a revolt against tyranny. In it, government is understood as contractual in nature, having been originally created for the purpose of...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2019 10:31 pm UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

The colonists were unhappy with the passage of the Townshend Acts. This was another example of a tax the colonists felt was unfair. It placed taxes on imported goods, and the person importing the...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2015 3:03 am UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

The Navigation Acts, or the Acts of Trade and Navigation, were a series of laws passed by the British Parliament over a number of decades that regulated how colonists were legally allowed to trade...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2019 8:32 pm UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

There were many ways the colonists protested against the British between 1763-1775. One way the colonists protested was by disobeying laws. The Proclamation of 1763 prevented the colonists from...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2016 5:02 pm UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

Regarding a question such as this, it is worth noting that there were divisions among the colonists themselves (and a significant loyalist contingent wished to remain with Britain). Regardless, the...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2019 10:36 pm UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

Actually, the major complaint of the colonists was that they were denied their "rights as Englishmen" as guaranteed under Magna Carta and the English Bill of Rights of 1688. They DID NOT want...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2011 6:14 pm UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

To answer this question, it is necessary to look at a number of issues. Let us look at a few. First, one must consider the justice of the claim most often associated with the revolutionaries, which...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2019 8:29 pm UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

For many generations, most English colonists in North America were happy to be subjects of the British Crown. Even in the years leading to independence, many never dreamed of separating from the...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2019 5:14 am UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

The Americans wanted independence for many reasons, however the most important one was the fact that the British Parliament and the king were adamant about imposing unreasonable taxes and...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2019 12:17 pm UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

We can generally say that there were four main causes of the American Revolution. These causes mostly came into being after the French and Indian War. It was only after this war that relations...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2014 3:17 am UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

The colonists felt that the British weren’t treating them fairly. The colonists were very concerned about the tax laws that were being passed. The colonists were upset that the British Parliament...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2016 11:27 pm UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

In terms of the Revolutionary War, the ultimate expression of colonial rebellion, there were several reasons why it was waged. Great Britain had defended the American colonies during the French and...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2019 12:18 am UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

The Townshend Acts were important because they were another example of new taxes levied by the British government in an attempt to raise money to help offset the cost of running the colonies. The...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2017 2:23 am UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

Refusing to trade may hurt you, but if you've got nothing to lose, it may convince the other party to change their ways if they're suddenly losing lots of money. Charles Boycott (1832-1897) was an...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2009 4:02 am UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

According to Jefferson, a people being oppressed have a moral obligation to rebel against their oppressors. The question is really whether or not the US would have been better off staying...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2011 10:32 am UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

In some ways, the American colonists felt that the British were oppressing them because the British actually were doing so. One example of this would be the Massachusetts Government Act, in which...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2013 4:00 am UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

The colonists' grievances were pretty clearly defined in some of their statements. Stemming largely from taxation, the colonists' believed they were being taken advantage of—and truthfully, they...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2019 4:26 pm UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

The colonists were angry about taxes because Great Britain for many years had practiced a policy called "salutary neglect" in which they did not collect the taxes and tariffs that they were legally...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2019 12:28 pm UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

The colonial reaction to the Quartering Act was negative, to say the least. Basically, the colonists didn't take too kindly to the act at all. To them, it was an infringement on the 1689 Bill of...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2019 1:29 pm UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

To answer this question, first you need to define and understand what the term tyrant means. A tyrant is typically described as “an absolute ruler unrestrained by law or constitution.” These types...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2019 1:21 pm UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

The Tea Act of 1773 was a decisive event. It helped cause the American Revolution (1775–1783). Colonists opposed it for many reasons. The colonists viewed the Tea Act as another of Lord North's...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2019 1:12 pm UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

The unprecedented arrogance demonstrated by King George and failure by the British Parliament to dialogue with the American representatives led to the eventual hostility between Britain and the...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2017 11:12 am UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

The colonists had been growing increasingly upset with the British government since the French and Indian War ended in 1763. Several actions occurred in the year before the Declaration of...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2018 3:18 pm UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

The Americans were justified in fighting the British. There are several reasons why this is true. One reason was that the British began to violate the rights of the colonists. When the British...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2016 6:22 pm UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

The primary reason the colonists revolted was that they believed--correctly--that they had been denied their rights as Englishmen. There is some argument that after the French and Indian War,...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2012 3:34 pm UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

As to whether the Sons of Liberty were justified in their actions, I must leave that to you to decide. Since the other educator has already addressed the Boston Tea Party, I will address other...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2017 3:57 pm UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

There were many factors that led American colonists to rebel against the British, but the French and Indian War (1756–1763)—or the Seven Years War for Europeans—is a good starting point. American...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2018 4:08 am UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

British attempts to reform imperial policy became urgent following the Seven Years War (the French and Indian War in the colonies.) The main reason for this was the expense of the war, which ended...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2020 3:03 am UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

The main reason why the American colonists protested and opposed all of the actions of the British Parliament that you mention is because the colonists wanted to have autonomy. All of these...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2016 4:22 am UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

It's an interesting question, though I should add that the American colonists viewed themselves as British for most of their history. The colonies were an extension of Britain. With this in mind,...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2019 11:54 pm UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

In any conventional military struggle, the British army would have had a powerful advantage over the colonials during the Revolutionary War. The British army was better trained and supplied, being...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2020 8:53 am UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

When the colonies were first established, they were still considered under King George's rule. Britain still controlled the colonies' trade, and the colonists were still forced to follow many...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2019 11:43 am UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

The colonists felt that the tax laws were unfair largely because the colonies did not have sufficient representation in Parliament. This meant that it was difficult for the colonists to make...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2019 11:48 am UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

No, the Colonies did not have actual or direct representation in Parliament. It is important to note, however, that many citizens who actually lived in England at the time did not have...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2019 11:33 am UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

Quakers, many Germans (because of the German connection of the House of Hanover to which George III belonged(although ethnic Germans fought on both sides of the revolution), recent Scotish...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2011 3:22 am UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

The American colonies revolted over what they perceived to be a lack of disrespect for their rights as British subjects. Britain practiced salutary neglect towards the colonies for years, thus...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2019 6:43 am UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

It's not so much that the colonists were unfairly represented in Parliament; they weren't represented at all, and this was a major point of contention between the Americans and the British. A...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2019 11:26 am UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

Perhaps the best place to look for the answer to this question is the Declaration of Independence. It provides an explicit justification for breaking away from Great Britain (which, by the way,...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2015 1:56 pm UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

An external tax was one imposed on imports into the American colonies. A prime example of this would be the Sugar Act of 1764, which was imposed by the British to raise much-needed revenue to help...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2019 11:29 am UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

Some of the social factors simply grew out of the colonies and their inhabitants beginning to lose the ties to their "mother country" as they spent more time and more generations were begun in...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2011 10:58 pm UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

Perhaps the biggest grievance was that the American colonists were subject to taxation, yet were denied political representation in British Parliament. Americans didn't think it was fair that taxes...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2019 11:46 am UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

There were three major arguments that the colonists used when objecting to the new taxes imposed by the British in these years. First, they argued that they should not be taxed by a legislature in...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2011 8:47 am UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

First, we should realize that not all the colonists wanted to break away from Great Britain. There were many who wanted to remain loyal to what they viewed as the mother country, and even many...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2015 5:26 pm UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

The end of the French and Indian War brought about the end of the salutary neglect relationship between Britain and the American colonies. Between 1660 and 1763, Britain passed laws governing the...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2019 1:26 pm UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

Jefferson and Congress do not use the term "natural rights." In the context of the Declaration, the closest approximation to this concept is contained in paragraph 2 with the famous words, We hold...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2019 4:22 am UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

There were two major changes in British policies that led to the Revolutionary War. One change was the British decision to begin to enforce some of the trade policies that they had generally...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2016 1:56 am UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

Hey lilstunna, I think Akannan did a good job with his answer and I would like to add on to it. I am assuming you mean the causes of the revoultion when you are referring to "response to British...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2011 1:03 pm UTC

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The Grievances of the Colonists

The goals of the American Revolution were pretty basic. The first goal was to become free from the rule of the British. We were unhappy with how we were being treated by the British and felt we...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2015 7:56 pm UTC

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