250Brief 2 - 1 Dr. Welch Political Thought in America...

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1 Dr. Welch Political Thought in America 5/4/07 Significant American Thought between 1774-1789 Emerging out of the dust of their new settlements, ‘America’ was starting to take shape. Now that their society had been somewhat established, individuals began to question many aspects of their life. The most ominous issue of the time was the British rule. Once this was rationalized and dealt with, then the issues of constitutionalism came into be. They in essence had to start all over again. Once British rule was over, they had to develop their own independent form of government to live by, rather than copying their country of origin. The most pressing topic of the time was the British rule. Different rationalizations began to surface, loyalists and revolutionaries began to take sides. By the author Novanglus, he argues that the colonies should stay allied with the British Empire. In his words, “the security of the people from internal rapacity and violence, and from foreign invasion, is the end and design of government.” Much like Winthrop, he argues that the good of the many outweigh the needs of the few. On the Revolutionary side, there is Thomas Jefferson. He argues that the crimes committed against the ‘American’ people are too much, and that revolt is necessary. Stating that ‘When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another;’ he infers that this change is something that has happened in the past, due to the very nature of man.
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2 These two sides clashed theoretically, and physically. Loyalists and Revolutionaries took up arms, and prepared themselves for the fight. In the end, with help from the French, the Revolutionaries won out against the British. Eventually, the
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