George Washington's Involvement In The Revolutionary War
In 1776, Washington was guarding the city of New York with his army of 28,000 men. General William Howe’s army, composed of several British regiments and upwards of 9,000 German mercenaries, took New York from Washington with ease. George Washington’s army over the long winter months, dwindled to a mere 3,000 volunteers. Because of this lack of troops, Washington resulted to guerilla warfare, avoiding direct combat.
At the start of the Revolutionary War, many wealthy merchants and landowners donated guns and joined the army in an act of spontaneous patriotism. A few veterans of the Seven Years’ War were also present. But not every soldier was motivated towards a straining life under the military. As the war progressed, many …show more content…
The French help the colonists cut off all escape and Cornwallis surrenders.
The Treaty of Paris was signed in 1783; it ceded territories belonging to Britain to France and Spain, and removed the authority of Britain from America.
II. Articles of Confederation
The Articles of Confederation granted power to the states instead of to a central government. Though Congress could represent the states in military deeds, diplomacy, and relation with Indians, it could not tax them or control trade. Lacking national currency a true army, or even an executive authority the Articles provided a constant to the chaos after the Revolutionary war, much like the feudal system after the fall of Rome.
Under the Articles of Confederation, the power of the national government was vested in Congress. Voting was done democratically with each state having one vote.
Shay’s rebellion taking place from 1786 to 1787, was a rebellion against Congress because of heavy taxes and economic depression. Much of the rebellion was composed of armed farmers shutting down the colonial courts. The Rebels, led by Continental army veteran Daniel Shay, marched to the federal arsenal in Springfield, but were shut down by General Benjamin Lincoln, of the states …show more content…
The examples taken are real, and they did fail. But the examples were not true Republics. They were Democracies, which do not work. They should have been Republics which do work. Republic does not mean destruction of liberty.
We have addressed the necessity of union, now we must address the objections of a Republic. In a democracy all people meet in person, so it is over a small spot, a Republic can be extended over a large area. The Republics of Rome and Italy were Democracies. The Republic does not destroy other governments because it gets its power from them. All states will benefit from union.
V. Federalist Era
Narrative for election
In 1785, George Washington received 69 votes from the electors, which is the maximum number of votes for the president. John Adams became vice president, with second most votes. Washington took the Oath of Office on April 30 1789, and was offered 25000 dollars per year in salary. He first refused but then accepted the salary to avoid