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Origins of the American Revolution Jamestown (1607) 1 st Colony in America Colonist were subject to: British Rule Constant threat of attack of Indians.

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2 Origins of the American Revolution Jamestown (1607) 1 st Colony in America Colonist were subject to: British Rule Constant threat of attack of Indians and French British protected the colonist

3 Origins of the American Revolution French and Indian War ( ) British defeated the French and Indians British ran up a huge debt paying for the war Colonist no longer feared attacks

4 Origins of the American Revolution British Government Introduced new taxes to pay off debt Colonist felt the taxes were imposed without their consent (TAXATION Without REPRESENTATION) Colonist favored self government

5 Enlightenment and Revolution Glorious Revolution of 1688 Demonstrated that English pe0ple could justify over throwing an oppressive ruler

6 Enlightenment and Revolution Religious Beliefs Churches were often meeting places for Colonists Ministers delivered sermons critical of British control

7 Enlightenment and Revolution John Locke His ideals made the colonist think it was unjust to be taxed without consent

8 Enlightenment and Revolution Thomas Paine Published a pamphlet titled “Common Sense” Applied Enlightenment ideas of reason Argued that the colonist had the right to revolt and become independent

9 Enlightenment and Revolution Won Independence in 1783 U.S. Constitution Created a system in which power is shared between state and federal governments Separation of Powers: Legislative, executive & judicial Checks & Balances: each branch of government can ensure that the other doesn’t get to powerful Popular Sovereignty: a system of government in which ultimate power rest on the consent of the people being governed


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