Dissolving the Political Bands
Mason L., Claire P., Jasmine S.
He had been the first political philosopher, and created many ideas during the time of the "Enlightenment". One of his most famous theories had been of the "social contract". This theory stated that people of a nation engage in a contractual relationship to their government so the government could protect their rights in exchange for people funding the governments. For him, governments existed only to protect the rights of the people (life, liberty, and property), and if the government violated these rights, people could rebel to create a better form of government. This is, essentially, the basis for the American Revolution, one of the highest forms of civil disobedience.
He may not have lived in the time of the American Revolution (born 1632-1704), but his ideas and theories greatly affected the leaders of the Revolution and their ideas for established a better government based on the people rather than based on the desires and choices of only a single person, i.e. the British king. He held liberal opinions regarding religious tolerance, believing it should be extended to all denominations of Christianity (except Catholicism), and this principle of "freedom of religion" extended to the Constitution composed by the recently created American government after the American Revolution.
The First Continental Congress
The Continental Congress also resulted in "The Association" for a complete boycott of British goods. This boycott of British goods resulted in increased participation from females that also helped participate producing colonial goods to compensate for the loss in British imports. Essentially, the home front of the American-British conflict also began to be involved in funding the rebellion.
A sense of moral ambiguity permeated the entire American Revolution: although the government may have reformed to be a democratic one, many still had an absence of the basic rights this government promised, essentially an oxymoron of a "restricted freedom".
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