The Road to Revolution
Big ideas matter. Here are the most important themes for this chapter.
The over-arching theme of chapter 7 is how England repeatedly forced its laws and regulations down the unappreciative Americans’ throats; and eventually led to bloodshed.
- Following the French and Indian War, the British crown needed money and figured the Americans could help pay for the war.
- Also, the economic policy of mercantilism dictated that England try to keep its hard money within the British Empire. So, laws were passed to restrict American trade.
- The taxes and regulations that followed were not received well by the Americans, notably the Stamp Act.
- Conditions deteriorated and radical patriots brought matters to a head in events such as the Tea Party and Boston Massacre. Even though most Americans would be considered moderates at the time, the radical patriots were the ones making things happen.
- The culmination of the patriots’ activities came at Lexington and Concord, when the American Revolution began.