The American Of Civil Government Essays

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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,” (The Two Treatises of Civil Government) a law that is completely overruled and ignored later on in American society.
An example of radical change imposed by the colonists was during the Stamp Act of 1765. The Stamp Act was a series of taxes imposed on items such as stamps and printed papers. Merchants and lawyers had to pay an extra fee when purchasing these necessary materials for their business. Printers, who were highly depended on by the colonists for delivering the daily news, were also taxed when buying stamps to send out their newspapers. Although the tax itself was not huge amount of money, the colonists felt “it was a direct attempt by England to raise revenue in the colonies without the consent of the colonial assemblies.”…

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