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Declaring Independence - Essay

  • Date Submitted: 01/09/2012 09:59 AM
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Declaring independence
No single act in world history had the miraculous impact of the American Revolution. Although only directly pertaining to two political bodies, the empire of Great Britain and the British American Colonies, the chain of events that the American Revolution sparked changed the world forever.
Never before had a large communion of dependent colonies of a foreign power, come together to achieve the seemingly impossible dream of unified independence. Through extensive deliberation and debate, 53 men came to the conclusion that American Independence from Great Britain was no longer a want; but was now a necessity. It is these 53 men, all having different feelings, opinions, and convictions, which forged the first successful separation of a child nation from that of its mother.
Although alliances and anti-alliances formed along the way, these men accomplished what was thought to be impossible. The diversity among the delegates to the Second Continental Congress directly affected the method in which dependent ties with the empire of Great Britain were handled.
In the United States today, the media provides the ordinary citizen with information concerning conflicts in far off lands. Due to the poor speed with which news traveled, this was not the case in 1776. For this reason, one's view was not decided by knowledge of the entire world. More so, the decision would be based on the circumstances of one's particular region. This is the explanation why in Massachusetts, "On 16 December 1773, a group of Bostonians, disguised as Indians, boarded three vessels and threw the cargo of tea into the harbor." (Hamowy 198). The Bostonians did this action out of protest to the tyranny that they felt the government of Great Britain was subjecting them to.
Other colonies did not hold this same view. The colony of South Carolina held a rather different view of the British Government. Although they felt sympathy for Massachusetts, they personally had not...


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