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4-28-2020

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The Anglo-American conflict was not as French nor Russian Revolution; instead, it was a gradual transformation of individual social and political views, as Bernard Bailyn argues. The British aggressive imperial policies had a significant impact on the colonial routine. The quasi-independent political environment and accustomed economic dealings were suddenly coming under stricter control of the Westminster. These actions were the antithesis to the constitutional rights of the British subjects and personal want, and people started wondering whether they held the same status as the residents of the British Isles. In good faith, the colonial legislatures, acting for the whole dominion, sent numerous grievances to the Crown, but the ignorance, stubbornness, and want for mastery prevented London from grasping and accepting colonial reasoning. In this environment, the radical ideas, championed by a small group of people, were slowly gaining momentum and becoming a refuge from, and shortly an alternative to, British imperialistic policies. This process would not stop when the new American life was conceptualized in 1776; instead, the British atrocities on the battlefield and conditions in the occupied territory would keep it alive. The Revolution and War were ideological, but, at the same time, interwoven with personal motivations and experience. Almost all colonials were driven to consider joining the cause by the dominant psychological adjustments, but their own internal motivations pushed them to cut their ties with the Crown permanently. If we must distill a single factor for spying during the Revolution, the traditional motives would be the most accurate.

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The Setauket Gang: The American Revolutionary War Spy Ring you've never heard about

The Anglo-American conflict was not as French nor Russian Revolution; instead, it was a gradual transformation of individual social and political views, as Bernard Bailyn argues. The British aggressive imperial policies had a significant impact on the colonial routine. The quasi-independent political environment and accustomed economic dealings were suddenly coming under stricter control of the Westminster. These actions were the antithesis to the constitutional rights of the British subjects and personal want, and people started wondering whether they held the same status as the residents of the British Isles. In good faith, the colonial legislatures, acting for the whole dominion, sent numerous grievances to the Crown, but the ignorance, stubbornness, and want for mastery prevented London from grasping and accepting colonial reasoning. In this environment, the radical ideas, championed by a small group of people, were slowly gaining momentum and becoming a refuge from, and shortly an alternative to, British imperialistic policies. This process would not stop when the new American life was conceptualized in 1776; instead, the British atrocities on the battlefield and conditions in the occupied territory would keep it alive. The Revolution and War were ideological, but, at the same time, interwoven with personal motivations and experience. Almost all colonials were driven to consider joining the cause by the dominant psychological adjustments, but their own internal motivations pushed them to cut their ties with the Crown permanently. If we must distill a single factor for spying during the Revolution, the traditional motives would be the most accurate.