Causes of the American Revolution - 04 Causes of the American Revolution I Revolution Questions a Necessary Coming of Age\/Time Had Come or America would

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04. Causes of the American Revolution I. Revolution Questions a. Necessary – Coming of Age/Time Had Come or America would have remained obedient had England not made mistakes b. A true revolution or merely transfer of power from one wealthy group to another c. Capitalist motivation to keep money in America instead of taxes going overseas II. Decades before 1754 – proud to be Englishmen a. Colonists annoyed at Navigation Acts, Brits annoyed with chaotic legislatures b. Grown apart - could govern selves better than overseas III. Causes a. Sprit of self-reliance – decades of colonial legislatures, economicly indep. b. Religious annoyance – haven’t forgotten being kicked out c. England trying to improve trade/industry at America’s expense d. Colonists should pay for expense –no “taxation without representation” e. Enlightenment – well-read Jefferson, Adams f. Mercantilism clashes with capitalism – trade w/ everyone IV. Irritants a. America forced to take in British criminals b. Northern colonies that wanted to stop slave trade could not

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