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Persona of an Artisan who Became a Patriot. In the Late 1760s and early 1770s

I want you to take on the persona of an artisan who became a Patriot. In the late 1760s and early 1770s (between the end of the Seven Years War and the beginning of the Revolution) you were upset with the imperial/colonial gov

THESIS - Do you have a well thought out and clear thesis in your introduction? Does it provide a \"roadmap\" for your essay? Does each paragraph of the body have its own thesis?

EVIDENCE - You must have solid evidence for each point you raise in the thesis of the paragraph of the body. Evidence is not simply a statement, there must be an explanation of how that evidence supports the thesis statement. You must provide a MINIMUM of THREE pieces of evidence in support of your argument in each paragraph of the body.

Example: If you were writing a paragraph on the causes of the Cold War, you might use the Baruch Plan as an example. Simply writing \"the Baruch Plan was a cause of the Cold War\" in your paragraph would not adequately support an argument and would not earn a very high grade. However, the following sentences would be analytical and earn a higher grade:

\"One cause of the Cold War was the failure of the United States and the Soviet Union to agree upon a plan for nuclear disarmament after World War II. The Baruch Plan, presented by the US, would maintain the American atomic weapon advantage for the foreseeable future. This played into Stalin\'s suspicions of the Americans\' true motivations toward the USSR.\"

You should have a minimum of three pieces of evidence in support of the thesis for each paragraph of the body.

HISTORICAL ACCURACY, CLARITY, AND LOGIC

Is your argument clear and does it make sense? Is it historically accurate? Does your evidence prove your point? Do you fully analyze change over time and explain why and how the change occured?

PROPER CITATION

Have you properly cited? Have you used the format required in this course (modified Turabian). You must also FOOTNOTE (see information about creating a footnote in Word given at the beginning of the course). Parenthetical cites are NOT allowed. No research allowed, so no outside sources

Sample Paper on Persona of an Artisan who Became a Patriot. In the Late 1760s and early 1770s

Reflection on America History in 1760s and 1770s

The struggle for United States independence was marked by a high level of rivalry between the different communities and nations. It was the first time in the history of our country, when who one knew and how they knew you was important. If one were to be associated by the British, they would be considered the enemy to the American Elites, while if they were considered to stand with the American elites, it were not safe in the eyes of the Britons.

[blur] The British parliament did not take the quest for self-liberation lightly and as a move, more legal acts were developed allowing the British to stamp their authority in all the sectors of the economy and in turn more rebellion. This move by the British who had their armies already in America created more enemies and militia groups who sought to champion for their individual interests.[1] As an artisan who witnessed all of this, I will begin by identifying some of the grievances that we had in relation to the social economic and political issues; I will tell you about new socioeconomic environment out after the struggle for independence in1760s and 1770s and conclude with noting my ethical stand about this struggle. [/blur]

            [blur] The social set up at the time was marked by a high level of tension considering there were different communities and individuals who were championing for their own interests. In a sense, the history of the country during this period was characterized by different communities fighting. The French and Indian war is just one of the highlights. The Rough Draft of the Declaration of Independence (1776) by Thomas Jefferson notes how the heroes sought to end the mess. [/blur]

[blur] Politics at the time also played a bigger towards shaping our future[2]. At time, each community was applying all the tactics they best knew would ensure they were at the top. The British had the advantage of having well-armed Armies and an organized parliament. The US had the advantage of the Land as a heritage. The letters by Adam document this too sides well. [3] The economics of the country also had its fair share of troubles beginning with high levels of taxation, high cost of importation and at times no importations at all. In the end, the price of the goods rose accompanied by a high level of uncertainty.[4] [/blur]

            [blur] The socioeconomic environment after the struggle for independence during the 1760s and 1770s changed positively. The struggle yielded a new political environment characterized by an independent American administration. President George Washington was the first political leader of the independent America[5]. The American political environment greatly changed after the acquiring independence. Significant changes included formation of a new and independent congress with full representation of the interest of the American people from every state. [/blur]

[blur] Previously, the administration of America was controlled by Britain and laws and policies were made and passed in the British parliament with little or no consultation of the Americans[6]. Economic environment also experienced drastic changes after the struggles witnessed in 1760s and 1770s. The most notable change was the abandonment of the aggressive and punitive tax policies. This was one of the main agendas of the revolutionary war. Americans living in the British colonies were being forced to pay heavy trade taxes. Such included the Sugar Act of 1764 which aimed at increasing the tax rate for non-Britain imports[7]. The social environment also changed drastically with increased social freedom among the American citizens. Significant changes include recognition of peopleís rights and equality among every citizen. Social harmony was also achieved with independence declaration. [/blur]

[blur] My ethical stand during the struggle for a new nation in 1760s and 1780s has not changed. I and my fellow artisans who took part in a series of revolutionary attempts acquire independence still feel that our dedicated efforts led to the current free America. During the revolutionary period of 1760s and 1770s, we at times used non-ethical approaches to achieve our objectives. For instance, we were actively involved in the seven years Revolution War[8]. We recognize that war is not an ethical approach to finding a solution but at that time it was the only means to get our grievances addressed. The seven year war occurred from 1756 to 1763. [/blur]

[blur] The main agenda of the war was creation of an independent government free from the control of the British administration[9]. Although many people may feel that waging war against the enemy is not an ethical approach, we still feel that it was a necessary evil. Additionally, we took part in tax boycotts whereby we refused to remit taxes as demanded by the tax policies. This was a gross violation of British laws. In 1765, colony representatives held a meeting in New York and organized the boycott of all goods imported from Europe in retaliation of the Stamp Act of 1764[10]. These may not have been ethical but again, it was the only option after peaceful mechanism had failed. [/blur]  

            [blur] In conclusion, it may have been one of the hardest times to be alive, but everyone who was there at the time can tell you we are enjoying the fruits of our labor. The struggle for liberation in the 1760s and 1770s yielded the current freedom that we enjoy today. Our chief grievances during the revolutionary period were realized. It is because of our efforts as patriots in this period that America has got a favorable political and social economic environment. Most importantly, we currently live in an independent America that is no longer a colony of Britain[11]. [/blur]


[1] Topic 8 Independence Declared and Won Accessed February 15, 2017. https://mavspace.uta.edu/departments/history/1311/Face%20to%20Face%20Powerpoints/Topic%208%20-%20Revolution.pdf

[2] "Thomas Jefferson, "Original Rough Draught" Of the Declaration of Independence (1776)". 2017

[3]"Adams Family Letters (March, April, May 1776)". 2017. Media.Pearsoncmg.Com. Accessed February 15, 2017. http://www.masshist.org/adams/adams-family-papers

[4]Thomas Paine Writes. "The Crisis," December 1776 - American Memory Timeline- Classroom Presentation | Teacher Resources - Library Of Congress". 2017. Loc.Gov. Accessed February 15, 2017. http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/timeline/amrev/north/paine.html.

[5] Topic 8 Independence Declared and Won

[6] Ibid

[7] Adams Family Letters (March, April, May 1776)".

[8] Topic 8 Independence Declared and Won

[9] "The Avalon Project: The Federalist Papers No. 10". 2017. Avalon.Law.Yale.Edu. Accessed February 20 2017. http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/fed10.asp.

[10] "Thomas Jefferson, "Original Rough Draught" Of the Declaration of Independence (1776)"

[11]The Virginia Declaration of Rights (June 12, 1776)". 2017. Media.Pearsoncmg.Com. Accessed February 20, 2017. http://media.pearsoncmg.com/ph/hss/SSA_SHARED_MEDIA_1/history/MHL/US/documents/VA_Declaration_Rights_1776.html.

Persona of an Artisan who Became a Patriot. In the Late 1760s and early 1770s

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