Monday, March 13, 2017

Myths of the American Revolution by D. A.

This reading was about the American Revolution and the types of people that were highly affected by the policies and laws forced upon them by the British government. The colonies consisted of many important figures such as Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Thomas Jefferson, many who's rights and liberties were challenged because of Great Britain. The argument was based off of the explanation that Berkin had given about taxes being forced upon by the British government. Owning the colonies was very expensive and so instead of using Britain's treasury, they decided to tax the American colonies and use the money to pay for that land. Many other's like smugglers, tide-water planters, urban workers have been pressured and challenged and therefore pushed onward to join the cause of the American Revolution.

Berkin, while explaining the American Revolution, comes to show that she explains a lot about the wrongs and problems that the British government had caused upon the colonies. She also began to talk about the connection of the people during the American Revolution and how great example it was of the people joining together for a large cause. The British, as the war progressed, marched through the colonies, taking goods, raping women, causing a lot of problems and because of this act, many neutral colonies decided to fight against the British and help the revolution. Britain was far from good and they had challenged the rights of many people in the colonies, forcing them to take up arms against them. Voices that had changed the history of the Revolution was John Hancock, a rich smuggler who was very admired by the people, and Samuel Adams who created the Sons of Liberty, a group of urban workers and smugglers to rise up against the British.

Discussions in class helped us to understand more about the types of people the British were and how far they were willing to go as to treat the colonies very poorly. British believed in a rich, sophisticated economy but they were also very cheap. When it came to the colonies, they saw it as an advantage not only to own more land, but to use the people in it, the resources, metals, and unfair taxation. As the tyranny grew, many men rose for example, John Hancock and Samuel Adams who decided to do something about it. Without the leaders of the sons of liberty and those who wanted to fight against this tyranny, the British would have had their way.

Questions that were asked in class were very informative and descriptive. During the revolution, there were many slaves that did play a crucial part. A question that popped up was what part did the slaves play and how much. During the revolution, as the British marched through the colonies, they soon decided to create a policy that allowed freedom to any slave that took up arms against their own masters. Now considering that there were many slaves, African and Indian, a lot of them went through with the policy and sided with the British to gain their freedom. This caused alot of complications and struggles between the slaves and their masters and it soon became an advantage with the British for as long as it lasted.

Many questions did stay in mind for example, as John Hancock became known, as he became the man he was, he was arrested many times but never found guilty, it leaves you to question what made him innocent every time even though he was a great smuggler. Another question was towards the myth about why the colonies really change how they felt towards the British. It was said to be that the ways of the Imperial system grew old for the colonies but what more caused the separation of the colonies and the British, regardless of the unfair taxes and treatment. There were more reasons as to why the colonies took it personal and how it all became a revolution.