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Politics of the American Founding Notes

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The Split From England - Life in England had limited opportunities Colonists left England to make their fortune, practice religion freely, own land ENGLAND - wanted colonists to help pay for French and Indian war - colonists rejected offers of rep in parliament - England funded trip to New World, still faced w/ numerous complaints THE COLONISTS - unfair taxation (sugar and tea acts) - tyrannical monarch, ignored colonists’ civil liberties -colonists believed in popular sovereignty - lack of oversight and mgmt The Declaration of Independence - Thomas Paine - ​Common Sense Political doc. that dissolved colonial ties between U.S. and Britain Thomas Jefferson (author) was influenced by Locke’s belief in social contract and natural rights (life, liberty, property, pursuit of happiness) Listed complaints and informed King of breach of social contract “... That All Men Are Created ...
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