Radical Revolution Essay

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The colonists in North America played a large key role in the changes in government, political thought, and social structure, leading to a radical change and a new era in American life through reform and advocacy.
The term ‘Radical” means “(especially of change or action) relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough.” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) The term “Radical” is quite similar to the term “Revolutionary,” which means “engaged in or promoting political revolution,” or taking part in the radical change itself, much like the colonists. John Locke published a piece in 1689 entitled “The Two Treatises of Civil Government” which clearly states that “All men may be restrained from invading others rights,”
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The Quartering Act required colonists to provide supplies and a place to stay for British troops who were in America. The Colonists felt that this was “an assault on their liberties” (Brinkley pg. 117) and were understandably unhappy and quite uncomfortable with the thought of having a soldier stay in their home. England had made this a mandatory contribution that could not be avoided by the colonists. Much like the stamp act, it can be argued that the British simply saw the colonists as logical resources when it came to the housing of the soldiers and did not see it as a burden. The colonists did not see it this way and fought against this act and spoke against the British, and made a point that it had already been stated, through the mutiny act, that the army could not force quartering. The Assembly finally passed a bill that stated that the armies were to be housed in public buildings in the suburbs rather than colonists …show more content…
It is stated in the beginning of the declaration that “whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.” This statement outlines the fact that when the government issues a law that is unfair and destructive to the people living in the colonies, it is the colonist 's duty to alter or abolish it. (Declaration of independence) Political impact is impact by means of citizens or government officials that affect government institutions or practices, most times for the better of the society. The political impact that the colonists achieved was through advocacy against acts such as the Stamp Act and the Quartering Act. It can be argued whether or not the Declaration of Independence is a direct response to colonial outrage and impact after acts such as the Stamp Act or Quartering Act. Evidence shows that this could quite possibly be a direct response when it specifically addresses the Quartering Act by saying “For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us: For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they

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