Peyton B., Luke C., Morgan G.
All of these images connect to the theme of colonial independence and identity, and the politics and power in the New World. These images explain that thinking and ideas in America were slowly changing and that colonists wanted their own way of life separate from England.
The colonists felt as if they were treated differently from citizens living in England. The Stamp Act imposed a tax to make the colonists pay for the French and Indian War, which British citizens did not have to pay. They declared this was unfair and made them unequal to the English.
Signing of the Declaration of Independence, it secured the rights of an individual and freed America from Britain.
This painting is titled “A Philosopher Lecturing with a Mechanical Planetary” by Joseph Wright, in 1766. It shows the overall thinking for Americans at the time. The enlightenment was when logic and reason became the main way of thinking.
This was a British cartoon making fun of women from North Carolina who had declared that they would not drink tea or use English-made goods until the harsh British rules and regulations were lifted. It was called the Edenton Proclamation on October 25, 1774.
Thomas Jefferson, the primary drafter of the Declaration of Independence, used ideas from an English philosopher John Locke and England's Common Law. The main focus of Locke's argument was that individuals had to surrender some liberties to the government and that they have natural rights to life, liberty and property. Jefferson infused these views with those of Emerich de Vatte, who defined pursuit of happiness in terms of civic duties instead of right to property.