The American Revolution: The Enlightenment And The Boston Tea Party

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With regards to the American Revolution there is a myth associated with it that is generally accepted by everyone. This is the myth that when America revolted against the British army they had no choice as Britain was cruel to them, as well that every American wanted to revolt. However, historians have thought that these are in fact myths, started by Americans as an act of patriotism.

Like every great event in history, the American Revolution was built upon the events and ideas leading up to it. The two events that had the greatest influence in the American Revolution are the enlightenment and the Boston Tea Party.

The enlightenment was extremely important in the American Revolution for its influence on the ideology of the American people.
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The Boston Tea Party was key in bringing together and unifying any of the colonials. The Boston Tea Party served as a unifying, symbolic event, which showed Britain just how far Colonials would go to protest the British monarchy. Tea to the colonials was like what coffee is for people today, something people couldn’t imagine living without. This is what made protesting tea such a significant event. It was an event, which showed the British Monarchy, as well as the colonials, how serious the colonials were with regards to reformation. Furthermore, the Boston Tea Party infuriated the British Monarchy leading them to shutting down the ports in Boston. This further infuriates the colonials, sparking a snowball effect leading straight towards the revolution. It is this snowball effect and unification of colonials from the Boston Tea Party that makes it so critical to the coming of the revolution. Without the Boston Tea Party, the revolution would lack supporters, as well may not have even …show more content…
Horne shows people that unlike in the conventional story of the revolution where colonials fight back against the oppressive British monarchy and heroically win; he shows that the real truth behind the revolution may be that the colonials revolted because slaves were a “developing the productive forces of the colonies, which then began to strain at the colonial leash, and the combination of these factors led to a declaration of independence on July 4, 1776.” (Gerald Horne) This interpretation causes great contrast against the conventional myth. It suggests that rather then revolting against Britain for themselves, and for their own freedom, rather they revolted for the exact opposite; for the oppression and denial of freedom to the African American peoples. This research poses a great problem for the American’s as it would go against everything they celebrate on July 4th, as well everything they so proudly boast about with rearguard to the revolution. It would mean that every July 4th, Americans are celebrating the persecution and maltreatment of the African American people. Additionally, it would mean that America is not made from the pillars of white colonials, but rather America was formed on the backs of abused African Americans. This shows how Horne’s research is so crucial and relevant in todays society, and is information which American’s should not

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