“The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.”. By James Madison. How the quote relates to the American Revolution. This quote “The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted” relates to the period leading up to the American revolution.
By James Madison
This quote “The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted” relates to the period leading up to the American revolution.
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Background leading up to the Revolution
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The Seven Year’s War and the Treaty of Paris
Quebec Act and Royal Proclamation
Stamp and Tea Taxes
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The Seven Year’s War was a war between Britain with it’s allies and French with it’s allies. In the end of the War, Britain won and France gave away most of it’s colonies in the Treaty of Paris. Among them was New France, which it gave to Britain. This lessened the need of British military might, made American’s feel superior, and created a debt for Britain, which made it look towards the colonies for money.
The Stamp and Tea taxes were some taxes put on by the British government to get rid of it’s debt. The Americans were unhappy with these taxes because they felt they were being taxed with out representation. They formed angry mobs, burning stamps, and the Boston Tea Party, where people threw tea into the bay.
The Royal Proclamation was one of the many events that fuelled the American’s hatred. The first nations Iroquois wanted land so in 1763 the king of Britain King George III issued the Royal Proclamation decreeing that American’s cannot settle in lands set aside for the First Nations.
The Quebec Act made the American’s even angrier because it allowed the Canadiens to expand further even though the American’s couldn’t.
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This quote refers to peoples distrust of Britain due to all the “cruel” things it did, such as the Stamp and Tea taxes. Also it referred to poor peoples distrust of the rich and vice versa. However, many rich people like George Washington used this distrust and focused it towards Britain.
James Madison the 4th president of America.
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Politicians may not keep their promises, leading to distrust of people of power. They also can make bad decisions, like Britain.