Self-Determination. Economic Conflict in the Colonies. Self-determination is a theory regarding human motivation concerned with the development and functioning personality within social contexts.
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Economic Conflict in the Colonies
Self-determination is a theory regarding human motivation concerned with the development and functioning personality within social contexts.
The revolt of the British colonies in North America has been defined as the first assertion of the self-determination in the history of the world.
Protesting against England, and especially the imposition of taxes without representation, the American colonists invoked the natural rights of man, calling on the writings of John Locke to support their view
Locke taught that societies are based upon the agreement of the people who make the law. All men have a natural right to life, liberty, and property. The authority belongs to the people and is responsible to protect the people.
In considering the American Revolution as an example of self-determination, it is important to focus attention on Jefferson's view.
He was concerned with ensuring that the government was that the will of the people was supreme.
In chapter five we came to understand the mindset of the American people
Prior to 1750, the American colonies saw tremendous growth in terms of population as well as the economy. There was no issues or thought given towards a split between England and their colonial offspring.
Kevin Phillips in his book, “1775 A Good Year for Revolution”, identifies 12 issues of economic contention that motivated the colonial people to a self-determined future through the path of revolution.
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Colonial insistence on economic self-determination, “in short, became confrontational well before Lexington and Concord.