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Were the British the antagonists in the American Revolution?
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4 points

i don't believe there was a good or bad guy in the american revolution. in my opinion, the british and americans each had different perspectives on the situation at hand, britain financially struggling coming off of the french and indian war. they need money so they tried to get it from the colonists but to them, they were being unfair, which may be true, but considering britain's situation, the arguement could honestly go both ways.

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It all depends on the perspective you look at during the war both countries wanted what they thought was best for their country so no one was really a good guy or bad guy their were just 2 sides.

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I think that it’s all based on perspective because to us Americans we thought that the British were the bad guys. But in Bristish eyes we were the bad guys. So it’s pretty much all about perspective.

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Personally, I don’t think either of them were the good or bad guys. Each party saw a different point of view. One saw someone taking their rights and one saw someone else disrespecting and threatening their country. There really is no side taking, it’s about perspective.

Mark121(1) Clarified
1 point

Nope u are 100% wrong u just are because there was definitely a bad guybad guy in

Yes, the British were the "bad guys" in that situation. Although I hate Capitalism it is superior to feudalism and monarchy. The fact that the beorgiose revolted against the nobility is a natural occurrence and was necessary for the social evolution of mankind.

Ty_murray(2) Clarified
3 points

I also the think the British were the bad guys because they basically hurt themselves by putting all these bad things on the colonists such as taxes. This is why the colonists attacked the British for their freedom so I think the British were the bad guys

Maggiegill(3) Clarified
2 points

The British were the bad guys. Yes I get the fact that they had to tighten their control over the colonists but they took it too far. They abused their power over the colonists and they wouldn’t back down over such a small grievance. They could have just lowered their taxes and loosened control and everything would have been fine. But the British had to be hard headed and refused. Of course they colonist wanted some independence when their whole life they have been completely controlled. But the British wanted to go to war and thought that it would work out for them in the end but instead they let about 24,000 die and suffer.

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There wasn't necessarily a good or a bad guy in this situation. Though the British did a lot of unfair things towards America, the American's too did some wrong. They both relied a lot on each other and when the other didn't meet expectations, they became angry, i assume. The British started to tax America, and America started to boycott these taxes, which was what brought around "no taxation without representation." The American's knew what they were doing demanding freedom, and that is what made the war come around. Though there is no good or bad guy in my opinion, I do say that the odds were in the British's favor, considering they had better weapons and a stronger set up military. They both were fighting for the best of their country, and that's all they knew to do. The ways they did it were completely up to them.

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I believe the British represented the Villans because the Americans were just defending themselves and defending their independence of their country. The British wouldn’t accept the fact the Americans wanted freedom and wanted to move on. The British asked for it by throwing everything on the colonist. You can’t just throw a lot of hate towards someone and not expect to get anything back

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I think that the British were the bad guys too for about three reasons.

- They treated the colonist poorly so therefore the colonist had a reason to boycott

- They raised the taxes very high and most colonist couldn't afford to pay

- The British were using the colonist to benefit themselves and not anyone else

1 point

When it comes to the revolutionary war I don't believe the British or the Americans were antagonist it was the French they sneaked in all the goods and weaponry while the British and colonists were just fighting for a cause no for evil

IT WAS THE FRENCH

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Neither of them were the bad guys. The colonists wanted freedom to do what they thought was best for their country and Britain wanted to pay for their war and keep the colonists under their control because they thought that was best for their country.

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The colonist they were the rebels, even tho what they did was good, they started the war. they dumped so much tea in the harbor, and provocted the soilders that caused an out roar for shoting in the crowd of rioters.

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The “bad” guys were neither the Brittish or the colonists because the colonists wanted their freedom from the Brittish giving them more taxes from problems they had to tax them for and the Brittish just wanted to keep their country from breaking apart. It really depends on the perspective of things they could both be the bad guys or they could both just be people with two dreams to fulfill.

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I think the British were the bad guys because even though some of the taxation and things done to the colonists were to help and/or protect the colonists their overall intentions were to benefit themselves. Yes the Colonists complained about everything and when getting what they wanted kept asking for more. America wanted more and more and pretty much took what British gave them and turned it against them, but the British knew they were gonna do it and that's why they treated them poorly. Britain didn't give them a chance to be treated equally and properly and pushed them to be the ones to break off and rebel and then later defeat them but they didn't expect that.

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The American Revolution wouldn't have started if the British would have just left the colonists alone. So in this case the British are the antagonist. The reason I say this is because the British kept adding more and more taxes on the colonists and they didn't have a lot of money because they used most of it to get over there. If they would have let them settle and get their economy rolling. Then maybe the colonist would not have complained as much.

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The antagonists of the American Revolutinary War were the Bristish because they hated us the worst and they tried to take us down

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British because they hated us the worst and tried to take us down

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I don't think there were no bad nor good guy because they both did different thing. But I do think some may have done something good and some may have done something bad during their time. I think that both struggled doing something.

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I think that the bad guys in the American Revolutionary War was Great Britain. They treated the colonist horrible. They treated people unfair and had unfair taxes. They were selfish.

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yes the British is the bad becoesu they had a bad pelpe was bad and they some good one we did not like thme

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I think that the British was the bad ones bc they didn’t want Americana to have freedom and when they gave it to them is was limiter power over there country I wouldn’t consider the Americans being bad bc the only wanted to fight in was for declarations of independence to get the freedom they deserved they did all the cruel things in return which is Carma so they where good people who where defending their countries

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I feel that both of them did wrong because if the taxes and laws were to strict for the Americans it colonist they did not mention it to the British.The British was wrong for trying to be over control over everyone and intrude in there life just to feel like they had more power than everyone but then again the Americans were just fighting for there freedom

1 point

I think that they were bad or evil because the were rasing taxes and that was not fair to the Americans because they had to pay them and they had to buy other things than the taxes that the British were putting on them. They rased the taxes because of the Boston tea party or something like that. And they did not put the taxes on the British at all.

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Thinking about most political conflicts in terms of one side being villains and the other side being heroes is misleading. I think the American Revolution is one such case.

Consider the following,

- It is possible for two people with opposing political beliefs to have the same goals (e.g., peace, prosperity, and security for all), yet still to disagree about the optimum way to accomplish those goals.

- Most nations (or colonies) are a mixed bag that includes people with many different beliefs and values. It makes no sense to draw conclusions about the beliefs of an entire nation based on the political beliefs or decisions of some of its people.

- It is possible for people of any political stripe to behave bravely, selflessly, honorably, and mercifully in service of their beliefs, thereby being heroes.

- It is possible for people of any political stripe to behave cravenly, selfishly, dishonorably, and cruelly in service of their beliefs, thereby being villains.

- Most people are a mixed bag of virtues and flaws, so remarkably few qualify as either villains or heroes.

- We tend to define most heroes as heroes on the basis of only a few short moments in their lives, ignoring all the rest of it. Often we know next to nothing about the rest of what they have done, but we give them the benefit of the doubt on the basis of one great action.

- We tend to define most villains as villains on the basis of only a few short moments in their lives, ignoring all the rest of it. Often we know next to nothing about the rest of what they have done, but we condemn the entirety of who they are on the basis of one ignoble action.

- Most nations (or colonies) are a mixed bag that includes villains, heroes, and most commonly, unremarkable people doing unremarkable things. It makes no sense to draw conclusions about the character of an entire nation based on the behaviors of only some of its people.

Matthewburns(3) Clarified
4 points

No one was the bad guy the two countries wanted what was best for there country to prosper. It never really was a crime it just did not fit the wants of the colonists.

Kyliec(1) Disputed
1 point

I think it was 50/50 because the British were only trying to help the colonist but they were also charging to many taxes but the colonist also we’re complaining too much and didn’t see that the British were trying to help them.