Gordon Woods: The Trials Of The American Revolution

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Trials of the American Revolution

The trials of the American Revolution that lasted approximately 28 years from 1763 to 1791 carried America into the modern world well before and after the years of war. Many key events, some fatal for countless Americans led to the peace and prosperity of the nation. Not without struggle, death, money, famine, suspicion and many other reasons. The importance of the revolution goes well beyond the events that took place, but the colonist fears and suspicions that provoked many of these actions influenced movements around the world. The aim of this paper on Gordon woods book, “The American Revolution” is to explain the overall significance of the actions, disputes and evidence of the intellectual affair of the American Revolution not shaped by tyranny or oppression, but by the expectation of it. And to determine the underlying reasons, character, and consequences of the
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This act put taxes on numerous goods such as foreign cloth, sugar, indigo, coffee, and wine imported into the colonies, etc. (page 23). The sugar act generated extreme problems for all who depended on trade with the French and Spanish West Indies (page 27). Colonist dreaded the taxes put on foreign goods would diminish trade and endanger America’s ability to pay for British imports (page 27). The taxes brought about the first deliberately organized intercolonial protest (page 27). In 1765 the quartering act was passed to station the army in coastal cities and the colonist would be responsible for the solders housing and supply which raised the colonists fears of British intentions (page 31- 32). Colonist argued that the act violated the Bill of Rights which prohibited taxation without representation. On October 1, 1768, British government sent abundance of solders to enforce British power on colonist, which led to an essential turning point in the controversy (page

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