During the American revolution of the eighteenth century, the American colonies rebelled against eh Great Britain Empire. As a result, these colonies broke free and were able to form an independent government. As the opposition obtained significant resources such as political pressure and military troops the people of the colonies had to unite under a common cause and drop their own personal arguments and disagreements. Thus, one could argue that these colonies became remarkably similar. However, there is evidence to conclude that their position regarding religion, law, and justice were quite different. This work will try to analyze the written works of John Winthrop and Benjamin Franklin and conclude whether the colonies were similar after all.
To begin with, one could analyze the sources drawn from John Winthrop. This man was a successful lawyer in the seventeenth century. As a result, he had helped to establish a colony and became its governor. The articles provided describe the relationship of citizens towards god, law, and religion. One article describes the justice system where a man could not take advantage of his selling skills and other ignorance in order to gain financial benefit. Another describes the relation to religion where a scientific method of treating pregnancy was described as witchcraft. People thought of God as a supreme power that could rule and advice people on the question of justice and liberty. As authority was a tool to prevent men from doing greater evil and behave in a federal and civil fashion and a civilized man was willing submit to the authority over one. However, the author’s background has to be considered when analyzing these claims. One could argue that John Winthrop was a citizen of Great Britain. Therefore, biased in his beliefs in order to benefit the empire. Thus, his ideas of submission could be represented as a point where the population of the colony had to willingly accept the rule of the Empire. This view possibly was not shared by the common men of the colony.
On the other hand, there are works of Benjamin Franklin, who lived in the eighteens century. A successful businessman who made a fortune and practiced science and politics. His own experiences and beliefs influence the way he perceived the world. As a result, he claimed that time is money and credit is money. His beliefs in terms of religion were different compared to others as although he attended the studies; the man also did not agree with the way they were conducted. The social point of view was also different. Men were no longer required to submit to the ruling party as all men were created equal and deserved an equal chance to pursue happiness and success.
In addition, one could argue that these sources do not provide enough evidence to conclude that all thirteen colonies were similar. First of all, these sources describe a varying point of view of two men who lived in different centuries, and although both were influential int their societies, their beliefs do not allow to conclude that the entire population shared the same values. It could be argued, that these sources provide opinions of the influential people at the time but not the majority of the population.
To conclude, there is not enough evidence to justify whether the colonies were similar during or after the American Revolution. The articles possibly provide the point of view of the intellectual majority but not the entire population of the thirteen colonies. As a result, such conclusion could not be drawn from the evidence provided.
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