British Colonies

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In short, the actions of the British colonists were immoral and clashed with their own ideals of rule of law, self-government, and ultimately equality of rights. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, the British colonists charged Great Britain of violating the ideal of human rights within a colony. And yet, the British colonists found it fit to violate these ideals in their treatment to African slaves, Native Americans, and poorer classes of white settlers. (We can see that hypocrisy dates very back far). Initially, Great Britain had let the British colonists govern themselves and trade in a way that was their own. When the period of salutary neglect ended, the rulers decided to enforce the laws pertaining to trading, and this made the colonists revolt. Great Britain also “sucked” money out of the British colonists. After the French and Indian War, the government needed money. So, they started adding taxes to items to make up for the loss of incoming money. Ironically, in turn, the British colonists treated African slaves, Native Americans, and poor white settlers poorly. The colonists used those weaker than they for labor and took over land. The Native Americans were moved to the reservations and were constantly moved from their homes. The colonists began killing off the Native Americans as well. This was a way of stealing their land and other necessities. It is obvious that African slaves and poor white settlers were used for labor. They also were not given rights. No voting. No education. No freedom. Blacks, however had it the worst. “They enjoyed no equality with whites and dared not to dream of ascending, or even approaching, the ladder of opportunity” (Kennedy 90). At the end of the day, the British were wrong for doing what they did. Therefore, in terms of immoral treatment, there is little validity in having compassion for what the British colonists had endured. Kennedy, David M. The American Pageant. 12th ed. Print.
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