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John D. Bowen History 203-025.41195 Review of The American Revolution by Gordon Wood Throughout the years leading up to the American Revolution, many events took place which began to agitate many colonial Englishmen. In his book, The American Revolution , Wood dives deeply into many of the reasons why colonists began to feel the need to separate from England completely. However, Wood suggests the glaring reason why colonist began to feel a separation from its Mother country was solely economic. Wood indirectly suggests that one reason the American Revolution occurred was because of the British involvement in the Seven Year’s War and the French and Indian War (p17). By the time both wars had concluded, the British government was in mass amounts of debt. Even after the French and Indian War, the British Parliament made the decision to keep a standing army in the colonies to handle squatters, bandits, and smugglers in the west. Such a move furthered British debt and no end was in site because no new revenue from taxes was amassing (p18). The British government then passed a series of measures that inflamed the colonists including the Stamp Act whom William Smith described as “The single stroke that lost Great Britain the affection of all her colonies” (p24). Bad economic times were already in place before the passage of the Stamp Act. Goods
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course HY 203 taught by Professor Rothman during the Fall '07 term at Alabama.

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