Was the war for independence a justified act?

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mkoren | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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In deciding if the Revolutionary War was a justifiable action, there are several points to consider.  Some colonists said it was justified, while other colonists were opposed to the war, believing it wasn’t justifiable for us to go to war.  Several topics should be considered.

The first question to consider is if you believe the taxes were unfair. Some people felt they were unfair because the colonists had no representatives that could vote on the taxes. They believed the colonists should have a say regarding some of the taxes they were being asked to pay. Other people thought it was reasonable for the British to ask the colonists to pay for some of the costs of running the colonies.  These people said it was expensive running the colonies.  They said the colonists benefited from the British actions in governing the colonies.

A second issue to discuss would be if the colonists acted appropriately in expressing their displeasure with Britain.  Some people felt we tried everything we could reasonably do to get the British to change their ways.  These people argued that we tried many forms of nonviolent protest, but things didn’t change. Other people believed the colonists’ responses to the British were inappropriate and unreasonable. They said breaking laws was not a reasonable action.

Another question to consider is what would happen after the Revolutionary War ended.  There were people who felt we would do fine as a new, independent country.  We would be glad we were free from the oppressive rule of the British.  Other people were worried about the difficulty of ruling ourselves as a country. It would be difficult to establish a government and be able to govern the country. Other people were concerned they would lose their jobs since they worked for the British.

These are some of the issues to consider in determining if the Revolutionary War was a justifiable action for the colonists.

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