Boston Tea Party Dbq

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Transitions and Turning Points to the American Revolution
The Revolutionary War is one of the most famous events in the early history of America. The effects of this Revolution remain evident when people examine the everyday life of modern day Americans. The American people continue to be free from monarchical reign, the Declaration of Independence continues to serve as principles which are to be upheld, and the common people live day to day in search of natural rights such as “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”. However, in order gain the liberation Americans now possess many historical events had to have taken place. There were a combination of popular acts of rebellion, propaganda, and influential writings which helped give rise
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This account, written in 1773, is very useful for modern day scholars to obtain a greater understanding of the Boston Tea Party. Hewes tells of the town meeting held at the Old South Church where the colonists asked that the East India Company tea not be imported. Samuel Adams then rises from his seat and proclaims, “This meeting can do nothing to save the country.” Once the meeting was adjourned colonists took notice of the Mohawk Indians charging towards the harbor. The Indians paddled towards the British tea ship, hopped aboard, then proceeded to dump 18,000 pounds of tea into the Boston Harbor. Hewes’ account of rebellion against the crown was another way of showing support of colonial reform. However, King George III was not in support of this rebellious act; he in response tightened his control by passing the Intolerable Acts. These acts revoked the Massachusetts charter, shut down the Boston Harbor, forced colonists to house British soldiers, and moved trials. These hated acts only fueled the fire, thus continuing the progression towards a …show more content…
Jefferson addresses this belief with the statement “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”. Jefferson’s wording established a right of consent that gave the people rights to change or do away with any government that threatens the unalienable rights of the American citizens. They could also install a form of government that would uphold the principals stated in the declaration. It is a blatant attack on Britain when Jefferson lists the rights of the Americans that were violated by the British. The Declaration states, “He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.” It also states “all men are created equal” which was in reference to free citizen being political equals. When the formal copy of the Declaration was presented to a group of delegates on July 2, 1776, they unanimously voted that the colonist would be considered free. On July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was adopted. The Patriots grew anxious when they presented the Declaration to the public because it would change the United States forever. After hearing the presentation of the Declaration of Independence colonial communities began to split in to two parties. The

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