American Revolution: was american revolution just?

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Unjust American Revolution

The revolutionaries were guilty of an unjustified revolution. During the American Revolution in the 18th century, the reaction of the American colonists to the British government was violent and radical. The revolutionaries did not try to compromise with England but made unjustifiable demands.

The colonists reacted to the British government violently with the crimes beyond a reasonable doubt. Britain helped America in the French and Indian war. America was in debt to Britain after this war and the British tried to find a peaceful way for them to pay back. For this reason, the British government lay a tax and the money was used in paying the salaries of high officials helping in their fight. The colonists, however, revolted showing a great force against the taxation. For example, Lord North, the Prime Minister and financial advisor to King George, supported the Tea Act to save the East India Company and made the tea cheaper for the colonists.

The colonists boarded a ship and dumped the tea chest into the Boston Harbor. This event is now known as the Boston Tea Party. As a result, Britain started the Coercive Acts, in which the Boston Harbor would be closed until the colonists paid for the destroyed tea. Instead of paying for the tea they wasted, the Sons of Liberty, a secret society that had its roots in the Committees of Correspondence, attacked British officials using violence. Another of their rebellions was against the Stamp Tax in New York City, where they confiscated, unpacked, and burned the ten boxes of parchment and stamped paper.

The revolutionaries showed no intention or any efforts of compromising. Compromise can be formed under a settlement of differences in which Britain and each American colony gives up something it has previously demanded. The choice of...