Independence from Great Britain was not the plan of Americans in April of 1775. But the relationship between Great Britain and its colonies had become strained over a series of events: the French and Indian War, the Stamp Act, the Intolerable Acts, the Boston Massacre, and the Boston Tea Party. It seemed war was the only way to solve their differences. Virginian Patrick Henry's declaration summed up the feelings of many Americans: "I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death." Having fended for themselves for nearly two generations, many citizens in America's 13 colonies resented having to pay taxes to Great Britain-a country far away across the ocean. Protest against the British government grew into rebellion; rebellion quickly turned into war. Understanding the American Revolution describes the events that led up to the fight for an independent United States of America, the battles between British and Patriot forces, and what life was like during the conflict. Book jacket.
The Causes of the American Revolution
Crabtree Publishing Company