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Civil War And Its Effect To The Newly Freed United States

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1. Why did the United States feel vulnerable to international threats in the 1790S? The United States felt vurnable in the 1790’s because they were just starting out being free from Great Britain. Writing of the Constitution and its ratification, the setting up of the new government under the Constitution, the early years of Washington’s administration, and indeed the whole series of events in the post-Revolutionary War period had certain inevitability, that these things were the logical and only possible outcome of the struggle with Great Britain. Along with that idea goes the notion that American history was pretty much ordained to come out as it did, that subsequent events would have ...view middle of the document...

The Delaware constitution of 1776 stated that  "Every person who shall be chosen a member of either house, or appointed to any office or place of trust, before taking his seat, or entering upon the execution of his office, shall also make and subscribe the following declaration, do profess faith in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ His only Son, and in the Holy Ghost, one God, blessed for evermore; and I do acknowledge the holy scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by divine inspiration." Over time, the federal role in elections has increased through amendments and enacted legislation, such as the Voting rights act. In addition, the 17th amendment provided direct election of the United States senators.

3.    Why were many Americans reluctant to pursue independence from Britain? Many Americans didn’t want to pay the taxes that the British were trying to tax them, such as tea, sugar, tobacco, timber, and other goods. The colonists started making their own goods so they wouldn’t have to pay the British for these taxes. Also after the Coercive acts, four laws meant to punish the Massachusetts for destroying the tea in the Boston harbor. Also a fifth act known as the Quebec act, which were soon known as intolerable acts. All these acts made the colonists very unhappy. The seven years’ war set the stage for the imperial crisis of the 1760’s and 1770’s by creating distrust between the colonists and the British, and by running up a deficit in the British treasury. Adams and Hutchinson believed that the British did not have the right to taxation, because parliament did not adequately represent Americans. All these problems soon made the Colonists want to rebel from the British Empire and regain independence.
4.    Why did Parliament pass the Coercive Acts in 1774? Parliament passed the Coercive acts in 1774 because Lord North persuaded the parliament to issue these acts. There were four laws to punish Massachusetts for destroying the tea. The first act, The Boston port act, closed all Boston harbor to all shipping as of June 1, 1774, until all the tea was paid for. The objective was to halt all commercial life of the city. The second act was the Massachusetts government act, which altered the colony’s charter and underscored the parliament’s claim to supremacy over Massachusetts. And the royal governor’s powers were greatly augmented. The third act the impartial administration of justice act, stipulated that any royal official accused of a capital crime. The forth act amended the 1765 Quartering act and permitted military commanders to lodge soldiers whenever necessary, even in their own households. All these acts made the colonists very scared and insecure of the British.
5.    How did the North America colonies achieve the remarkable population growth of the 18th century? A lot of things helped the colonies achieve remarkable population growth such as the Louisiana Purchase; immigrants started arriving from many parts of the...

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