By early 1776, Americans were ready to denounce any allegiance to the British crown (Ward, 63).
In January of that same year, Thomas Paine published Common Sense, a brochure that strongly served to rally Americans to independence.
This was one of the main causes of the Revolutionary War.
The Revenue Act of 1764 made the constitutional issue of whether or not the King had the right to tax the thirteen colonies an issue, and this eventually "became an entering wedge in the great dispute that was finally to wrest the American colonies from England" (Olsen, 6).
The leadership of the Association was able to fan "public opinion into revolutionary ardor" (9).
However, not everyone favored the revolutionary movement; this was especially true in areas of mixed ethnic cultures and in those that were untouched by the war.He and his army fought for the defense of American liberty and consequently led America to independence (Ward, 61-62).The British rejection of the Olive Branch Petition, which expressed a "general desire for the restoration of harmony between Britain and her colonies" (Thomas, 248), issued in the summer of 1775, "stiffened the patriots' resolve towards independence" (BMPL, 41).A visit to The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is the perfect complement to the online resources found here.Be sure to explore our full range of hands-on history programs for groups, families and individuals and teachers.It was the phrase 'taxation without representation' "that was to draw many to the cause of the American patriots against the mother country" (6).The reaction against taxation was often violent and the most powerful and articulate groups in the population rose against the taxation (6).A Congress of the colonies would coordinate and control the revolutionary movement" (Ward, 53).The Revolutionary War erupted on April 19, 1775 (60).The shot at Lexington marked the first blood spilled in the war of the American independence (Ward, 3)."The American Revolution now had its martyrs" (409).