Concept of the American Revolution
The main concept of American Revolution was inequality where population in the colonies including the colonial leaders were oppressed and put under pressure by the British creditors. The colonies and American colonists enjoyed perfect economic growth in addition to a good standard of living before the revolution. There are various examples that identify inequality between the colonial leaders and the British aristocracy and inequality between the colonial leaders and the population in the colonies.
The English aristocracy in need to replenish its affected treasury decided to impose an increased tax burden on the colonial leaders in addition to tightening colonial regulations in the colonies. As such, the Americans were not allowed to distribute local printed currency. They were also expected to provide accommodation to English troops. In addition, the colonial leaders were also forced to adhere to restrictive shipping policies and pay unpopular taxes.
To increase their resistance to inequality imposed by the English aristocracy through taxation, the colonists harnessed their economic clout as a single unified body. They used boycotts as a method of rebelling against British inequality. In 1765, the merchants pledged to refuse British goods unless parliament repealed the Stamp Act that was repealed in 1766. In addition, the colonial leaders decided to ban importation of slaves, which benefited the British aristocracy.
There was a lot of inequity between the colonial leaders and the population in the colonies. When a person from the colonies failed to comply with the new rules, that person faced a British judge without any jury. This was seen by the colonies as inequality by violation of their freedom. The anger from this inequality grew into a desire to rebel colonial inequity rules.
There was also inequality in terms of land rights and ownership between the colonial leaders and population in the colonies. For example, there was a revolt by settlers against absentee landlords in New York who were trying to acquire titles to the region. There was also inequity between colonial leaders and population in the colonies in the colonial assembly. In South Carolina, residents held a protest against their under-representation in the colonial assembly in addition to the colonial leaders not providing them with security.
According to the American revolution, revolution to governance is not about home rule, but who is ruling at home. Limited government by the consent of the governed is the reason why those who were ruled were revolting against the English aristocratic rule. According to the consent of the governed, the government interfered with how people associate with one another by creating monopolies and distinctions. The government is considered to enhance inequality in the society, and as such, those governed believe that getting it out of their way will allow people to freely relate to one another.
Redmon. (2015) Events Leading Up to the American Revolution. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqEmMP21UZE