The Causes and Rationale of the American Revolution The following discussion explains the causes and rationale of the American Revolution from the point of view of the Patriots. Why most Americans came to believe by 1776 that they needed to break with the British Empire The fundamental reason that most American Patriots came to believe by 1776 that they needed to break with the British Empire was a matter of ideas and circumstances. By the mid 1700s in America, the popularity of Enlightenment philosophers like John Locke had permeated American consciousness, especially in the Northern regions of the New World. Locke’s work supported ideas about individual rights and freedom. According to Locke, the role of the government was to protect...The end:
.....ng anti-slavery sentiments. It is simply a natural outcome of a free capitalistic system to believe that all men should have the opportunity to live freely as productive members of society. Being a productive member of such a society, is naturally a reflection of one’s character and good citizenry. WORKS CITED Andersen, Margaret L. and Howard Francis Taylor. Sociology: the essentials. Cengage Learning, 2006. Bardes, Barbara, Shelley, Mack and Steffen W. Schmidt. American Government and Politics Today: The Essentials. Cengage Learning, 2008. Brown, Richard Harvey. Culture, capitalism, and democracy in the New America. Yale University Press, 2005. Lemann, Nicholas. The big test: the secret history of the American meritocracy. Macmillan, 2000.