Foundations of American Government Essay

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Profit motive has been a principle of American society since the beginning. Starting from the first people deciding to make the voyage across the Atlantic to their final split from Britain, economic opportunities were the basis of most of the traveler’s actions. The possibilities for economic prosperity were irresistible. A fight for political rights was the result of England taking advantage of their economic control over the colonies. By severing the tie between the colonies and England, the colonies could take full advantage of their economic prosperity and start the ball rolling for the United States. Economic profit was the main dream of the future colonists coming from England more so than aspirations of political, religious, …show more content…
The colonists were enraged by the harsh taxes they started contemplating independence from Britain. In the textbook “Civics Today”, it says that following the Boston Tea Party, “...twelve of the colonies sent Philadelphia to discuss their concerns. These representatives--from every colony except Georgia--wanted to establish a political body to represent American interests and challenge...British control” (54, Civics Today). Because of the harsh tax on tea, a very common household item at the time, the colonists wanted to be free from taxes. To be free from taxes, they needed to gain independence from Britain, or at least stand up to their mother country. The colonist’s hatred for how the England government dealt with economic affairs was clear when the colonies were forming governments themselves. When they began to form governments, the power was divided up and given to the states equally because of the colonies painful past with an overpowering government. In the Declaration of Independence, which was an outline for the future American government, Thomas Jefferson wrote:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men,

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