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The American Revolution was fought to change oppressive taxation and Legislation by the English government in order to reinstate the social political and economic structure of the colonies before the English oppression The colonists were very content with their lives until the implementation of heavy taxation and oppressive measures by the English government as well as many English companies such as the East India Company After the wars America gained its independence but based its government around the welfare of the people using John Lockes theory of government serving the people instead of the people serving governmentBefore the heavy taxation and the despotic English laws the Americans had a responsible representative government of their own The most prominent men in a county or borough would run for election to represent that area However the system was not perfect in that newly established counties and boroughs were not allowed representatives when so called ghost-towns with only a few residents were This problem was solved by the theory of virtual representation in which every representative would be a virtual representative for all of the English subjects Its Economic system was doing well based primarily on agriculture and overseas trade It supported the growth of large cities such as Boston and New York but also increased the rate of poverty in these areas by making the jobs of many city-dwellers dependent on good overseas markets Its Social structure was unlike Englands in that it was not based heavily on social ranks Having fancy titles did not mean much in American society because it didnt afford you any special rights unlike Englands nobles which were allowed hereditary governmental power in the House of Lords As England began trying to extract reparation funds from America after the French and Indian war it made many mistakes that would eventually lead to the American Revolution The first thing they did was to instate taxes on man common things such as Sugar
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