What is "benign neglect" What are the consequences of this policy on England's governance of its colonies?

In other words, how is the American Revolution based on issues of governance, politics and not on issues of social justice or economic equity? The American colonies had established themselves economically, socially, and were able to govern themselves without the “direct supervision” of England. This was known as benign neglect. The colonies had self-governed themselves long before the British tried to impose taxation on the colonists. The colonies had been very profitable and the British saw that they should receive their share of the profits since they “controlled” them. The taxation on the colonies happened after the French and Indian War. The British, according to www.wikipedia.com, had doubled their national debt in fighting this war. In order to pay for the war, the British turned their attention to colonies and tried to impose their will. The colonists took extreme action against the agents sent to collect these taxes. In some instances according to www1.assumption.edu, many agents were tarred and feathered when trying to collect the taxes. It also states, ”So fierce was local resistance that most agents resigned their commissions, and no one made a serious effort to collect the tax. In addition, colonies adopted non-importation agreements which were, in effect, boycotts of British goods until the Act was repealed.” I tend to take a different approach than most regarding the taxation. The British, in order to protect the colonies, fought the French and Indian war, incurring debt as I mentioned previously. I believe that the British wanted to be compensated for fighting on the colonists’ behalf. This view may be unpopular, but this is how I see the taxation issue. The colonists had self-governed for so long, it was hard for them to accept the governing by the British Empire. The type of government the colonists had set up was a republic, which is completely different than the aristocracy the British had practiced for centuries. The colonists did not want the British will imposed on them. They had to stick up for themselves in order to protect all they had worked so hard for. This led the colonist to boycott British goods and cause uprisings in different port cities. The Boston Tea Party was one of these uprisings. Rather than focus on issues of social justice and economic equity, the colonists wanted to protect their rights in regards to self-government and the political system they had been practicing. Many factors led to the start of the American Revolution and the seeds were planted long before the French and Indian War. I believe the last big push for revolting came from Thomas Paine’s, “Common Sense”. Why should this North American continent be controlled by a tiny island in comparison? It is here that the colonists truly realized the importance of revolting against England.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness that is what Inalienable Rights are. The idea that the American people have these rights gives us the opportunity to “Live the dream”. As long as we obey the laws and ordinances of the land, our right to these privileges cannot be taken away. These rights, also referred to as natural rights, were included in the Declaration of Independence to show England that they could not decide how the colonists wanted to live and achieve their goals in life. In reading Edward Larkin’s essay, “What is a Loyalist”, I have learned that many of the colonists were ambivalent to the idea of a revolution. It states that John Adams declared that as many as, “one-third of

The Revolutionary War was fought on the basis of Inalienable Rights.the population were averse to the revolution”. These rights. The other parties that were against the Loyalists. while many disregarded them. . I have always thought. and patriot agitators like Thomas Paine. I am grateful for the actions of these people. had organized crowd action. I believe these Loyalists were happy with the lives they had and had no interest in fighting for their inalienable rights. The freedoms we enjoy today were made possible by these brave men and women who stood up for their beliefs. that the majority of the population in the colonies favored the revolution. The reading of this essay has revealed a lot to me regarding the Revolutionary War. gave the uprisings some fuel to their fire. committees of safety. “The Crisis”. Many Loyalists kept their allegiance a secret in order to protect themselves from public scrutiny. namely the Whig party. The number is staggering to me. without thinking twice. They also felt that their historical and commercial ties to England led them to become more loyal to their home country. whose hard stance on the “Tories” was made evident in his book.

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