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The American and French Revolution History Paper #1 Jordan Stanton Dr. Danese M/W/F 1:00-1:50 10/4/07
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The American and French Revolution Jordan Stanton Throughout history there hasn’t been a more definitive move towards independence than that of the American and French Revolution. Both of these movements were the result of tyrannical rule, taxation and the overall desire for increased freedom. The specified revolutions are remembered as movements towards democracy and the introduction of increased citizen rule and less government influence. Many factors contributed to the rise of these controversies and each instance played a major role in the shaping of history and the rise of democracy. The American Revolution can be mainly attributed to the intense taxing by British rulers. The thirteen American colonies were under complete British control and every move they made whether it was economic or social, was impacted by its mother nation Great Britain. The American Revolution is so unique because it is the first time an overseas possession rebelled against its ruling nation. The Seven Years War jumpstarted the revolution because the debt accumulated by Great Britain during the conflict led political forces to heavily tax the American Colonies to compensate for its loss. 1 The intense series of taxing that included tea tax, stamp tax and paper tax led America into a fit of rage that eventually led to war. America realized that the ridiculous taxing was hurting their chance for economic growth. Instead of functioning under a monarch who believed in the concept of “divine right” the American’s believed in the concept of democracy. This concept refers to a specific leader who has control over the nation, but functions under rules created by the people (constitution) and 1 1 Doreil, Andre. "Seven Years War Timeline." Canadian Archives 09 Apr 2007 03 Oct 2007 <http://epe.lac-bac.gc.ca/100/205/300/nova_scotias_electric_scrapbook/07-04- 09/ns1763.ca/remem/7yw-timeline-w.html >.
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