I am leaning more towards the American Revolution being both revolutionary as well as conservative. After the French and Indian war, Britain gained territory in North American, but was also in financial turmoil due to the war. Because of this, Britain began taxing the colonies, tremendously. Taxes, such as the Townshend’s Act and the Stamp act were placed upon them, unfairly because the colonists were not allowed representation in regards to their views or oppositions of such issues.
They did not want taxation without representation as Mr. James Otis stated. And at every turn, the British were placing other Acts upon the colonies: The Navigation Act, the Sugar Act, the Quartering Act, and so forth. The colonists basically had to pay for their protection by providing housing to British soldiers, put in place by British Parliament. As stated in our history book America: A Narrative History, What Americans most feared in the late eighteenth century was the governmental abuse of power (pg. 245). And, from what I have learned, they did suffer from governmental abuse.
They were under British rule by their mother country, however they were not treated like British citizens. The colonists revolted, breaking free from Britain. Once the American Revolution was won, the colonists, or rather Americans, no longer had to fear governmental abuse from Britain. America was now her own country, allowing its citizens to follow the the pursuit of happiness which included ideas such as every man is created equal and individuals had an equal opportunity to prosper. It also meant that individuals had freedoms, such as freedom of religion. I believe that this is where the idea of conservative comes into play (though I could very well be wrong in my understanding).
The colonists were already living by their ideas (the previously mentioned) but were being held down by Britain.
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