American History help?

I am writing an essay that is on the causes of the American revolution from the colonists perspective. I don't have my exact thesis, but my idea is to compare the economic and political reasons the colonists split from Britain, and to show that the economic reasons were the main reasons. My points so far for Economic:1. The heavy taxation forced the colonists to sever ties with the mother country. the taxes forced the colonies into near bankruptcy, and into heavy debts.2. The colonists developed many plans to create a more thriving economy, but each plan was outlawed, or stopped by the British. 3. the British abused the colonies for their cheap materials, and the available land. they needed the colonies for their central location to trade slaves, sugar, and other commodities. The political reasons:1. the acts passed by the British left the colonists with out basic natural rights. 2. The ties with the British left the colonists with poor relations with foreign countries. I need help thinking of other economic and political reasons. Any help is really, really appreciated. thanks!

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4 Answers to “American History help?”

  1. sulumoR says:

    How about religious freedoms as well? I would explore that as well.

  2. breechs says:

    You need to talk about the Navigation and Trade Acts and the Coersive Acts. The Coersive Acts in particular turned many colonials away from pro-British thought. You could also talk about how the colonials felt alienated from Britain and they also felt that Britain wasn’t looking out for the colonies. When you talk about the taxation, make sure to emphasize the Stamp Act in 1765 and how it devastated the incomes of lawyers and newspapers (a very bad idea). Of course the newspapers printed tonnes of anti-British propaganda rallying many supporters. The lawyers on the other hand wrote many persuasive letters and pamphlets. Here’s an essay I wrote earlier for someone else’s question, you may be able to get some ideas.When the America’s were first settled by Britain, they were meant to be of economic benefit to the Empire. In the 1600′s Britain had to find a way to make the profitable and so Britain adopted a policy of mercantilism towards her colonies. One aspect of this policy was the Trade and Navigation Acts. These restricted American trade and economic production to be beneficial for Britain. The new laws imposed by these Acts included:-subsidies for goods in high demand in Britain (rice, indigo etc)-colonies were forbidden to manufacture any product that would compete with British industry-any foreign trade was to go through British ports so a duty could be applied-any trade with nations or colonies that would compete with British industry was banned-all trade was to be carried in British shipping to stimulate Britain’s shipping industryThese Acts were designed to provide raw goods and markets for British industry as was common at the time for colonies. As you can imagine the colonials didn’t like this though and only followed these laws as long as they benefited them. For example, while the southern colonies grew rich off the subsidies placed on the crops they grew, the also traded illegally with French and Spanish colonies even in wartime (treason). Northern colonies subsidized such things as iron foundries despite this being in competition with Britain and built their own ‘British’ ships to avoid losing to much profit in trade. But on the whole, these Acts alienated the colonials who felt that the mother country was not looking out for the welfare of the colonies.The second major part of mercantilism was the many taxes levied on the colonies to pay for the Seven Years War. Britain had sent about 9,000 soldiers to protect the colonies from the French even though there was a devastating war going on in Europe at the same time. After Britain and her allies won, she decided that the colonials needed to pay for some of the cost of their own protection. Therefore they were taxed. The first tax was the Sugar Act 1764. This reformed an older tax on sugar after it was found ineffectual. There would be a 3 pence per gallon tax on Caribbean molasses and there would also be increased coastal patrols to discourage smuggling. However, the New England colonies’ economy depended on the rum industry which used these Caribbean molasses in the production of rum. As a result of the tax, there was a huge drop in profits and many distillers were forced out of business. Thus the distillers had to increase smuggling despite the patrols to stay in business. There was an outcry over the Sugar Act and it was eventually repealled but not before it had been replaced in 1765 by the Stamp Act. This Act required all paper products (legal documents, newspapers, contracts and anything alse made of paper) to bear a stamp which would have to be bought. This was effectively a tax on these paper products. This tax devastated the income many lawyers and newspapers. In response, they wrote persuasive letters and pamphlets and published a lot of anti-British propanganda to rally supporters to their side. This Act did more damage to the link between Britain and the colonies because it taxed almost everyone, but particularly those who had the power to change opinion. More taxes were placed on lixury goods such as chocolate, whisky, rum and tea. Due to protest and general non-cooperation on the colonials part, these taxes were also repealled except the tax on tea. Also, colonials could only buy tea from the East India Company meaning that Britain would have a monopoly on tea imports. This worried many colonials because at the time, tea was drunk like water. This monopoly and tax on tea meant that Britain could easily raise the price of tea and therefore the colonials wouldn’t be able to drink so much of it. So one night in 1773, some upper class Bostonians dressed up as indians, hijacked a ship in the harbour and dumped thousands of pounds of tea into the water. In response to the loss of this small fortune, Britain passed the Coersive Acts to control this sort of unruly behaviour. There were two main parts. First, the Boston Harbour was closed until the tea was paid for. This ruined many merchants because Boston was the great t

  3. serenader says:

    If I were you I would totally take michael’s answer and use it. He’s right.

  4. lactase says:

    You should also compare taxes in the Colonies with those raised in Britain and the level of representation available to the average British citizen to understand the reaction by Britain. Also consider who stood to gain by the replacement of one government by another and as a conclusion what level of taxes and representation was offered after independence.