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Journal Entry – AR The Rise of America October 8th 1765 Charlie Wilson It is such an unbelievable event that the Britain had passed down such taxes! Tax is such a burden to pay while not even able to support our family in normal daily life. Today we received the message that such act named as the Stamp Act was passed down from the London parliament thousands of miles away. It says that things including paper, newspaper and mails would all have to be taxed. Thinking back, before the Seven Years War also known as the French and Indian war, we moved to America hoping for a better life with enough money to spend on daily usage, and maybe even wealthier than that, hoping to own a small farm with a stable income. But now it broke… the only one we want, and the only one we could achieve… It broke… This morning large quarrel had woken me up from the bed made from hay, mother and father were fighting for this thing named Stamp Act. They don't usually fight, so I’m really anxious about what had happened. I approach closer to the exit of my dusty and old room, hands holding the rusty handle, listened carefully. "Are you still going remain on the Britain side with these taxes put on to their own citizens like us?” mother demanded. Her face was livid with anger, spitting every word out like they were stuck in there for years. I’ve never actually seen her like that, she was a friendly family member. But then just when I was wondering how I should enter the scene, mother started weeping… “We came to America for the goods of This is the stamps for stamp act, it is put on to things such as newspaper, magazines, documents, Britain, they taxed us because we aren’t doing well playing cards and every printed piece of paper. enough, additionally, they were taxing because of our protection,” father answered while trying to calm mother down. “We came to America for our better life, not the goods of Britain. What you just said was nonsense, from when did Britain protect us? And from whom? If they only tax us with the Sugar Act, we can try to purchase less sugar in every meal. But this Stamp Act is meaning to gain money from us in recover of its economy issues caused by the end of the French and Indian war! Were we not a part of Britain?” mother got extremely fierce about Britain. She raged while tears had flow out of her eyes like rain in a downpour. I entered the living room. Mother wiped her tears immediately as if she didn't want me to see her tears. “Charlie? Did you hear us?” Mother asked weakly. “Yes, sorry mom. I didn't mean to.” She seemed a bit guilty, feeling sorry about raging. The Seven Years war was expensive, that was true, but the Seven Years War did not give us colonists much benefits. And now, the The French and Indian War, also known as the British started to tax us because they needed money. Taxing Seven Years War. It was an expensive war fighting over the newly discovered land, America. The Britain one kind of item passed down was reasonable. But now, faced French in allies with the Indians. The Britain they taxed all sugar materials and all printed paper. I started had used up a lot of money. to wonder, did Britain and King George III see us as a completely different nation and didn't need our support? Therefore, taxing us for Britain’s good?


I walked slowly on the cobblestone path in our village, dark clouds had covered the sun, wind hollowing in this October day. I would’ve described the atmosphere as deadly. Not the kind where no one is talking, it is that people were arguing about whether they should rebel against Great Britain. Rebellion isn’t something to be fooling around with, people could get executed for rebelling. Crawling, begging, an old woman painfully sobs while her precious memory had been taken away… by the tax collector. “Please, just give me a few more days to get the money! Or just don't take away that piece of jewelry.” She was extremely weak and looked sick. “It was the last thing mother had left me…” She whispered, painfully, despaired. Merciless, the tax collector responded, “How can I disobey the acts King George III had set? Just for a random old woman?” I remained silence, it was cruelling of that tax collector, but it was his job. King George III, unreasonable and detesting, should no longer be ruling us. Suddenly an idea popped in to my mind. What if I had a chance of publicly declaring the opposition towards King George? I would probably gather people to rebel if Britain pushes my family apart further… Maybe my friends, family, and I would all live a better life. Or even with total freedom, maybe…


Dec. 17 1773 Charlie Wilson It was an event that we planned to oppose against Britain and their act they passed down. I felt extremely successful after the Boston Tea Party. But, I don't know what consequences it will lead to. More tax? More rules? We don't know what the British will do again, but it is worth a try. The bright sky was filled with crystal white clouds, as I walk away from our old house on my way to the main street. I wondered whether the plan had been successful. The main street was filled with people chatting, some horrified. “Hey Charlie! Our plan succeeded.” Whispered from Oliver, one of my friend. He joined the planning of the Boston Tea Party for the same reason I did, because of his bad family conditions. He dressed like an Indian and dumped tea out of the tea ship like trash, useless and harmful. It is certainly a good message for now, but what would the British do to counter our act? Dec. 16: In a dark night, wind hollowed, sun disappeared when moon had taken its place. Weak light poured on Boston. The weather was perfect for this plan. Protected by the darkness near the port, more than one hundred men dressed like Indians. Sneakily, quietly, they climbed on the tea ship one by one. About one minute passed, “splash, splash!” large boxes of imported tea were dumped into the deep blue ocean. Splash! Splash! The sound didn’t seem to have an end. “To be honest, the tea was good, everyone appreciates it…” I thought in my head. “Until when the Tea Act few months ago, if we keep on buying the tea from British East India Company, it would be perfect for Britain to take a monopoly on tea. Also, the purchase of smuggled tea would be reducing a lot. With all these factors, we had no choice but oppose that we do not need Britain’s tea and we are America! But many people were passionate for tea. It is really hard for them to make the choice. Additionally, another cause that sparked our opposition was the Townshend Act. The British parliament in London was said to tax glass, lead, paint, and paper were all taxed. It frustrates me every single time I think of it.” I was trying to control myself from getting angry again. But no, it hits me every single time like a balloon popped right in your face. I raged, my fisted hand shook… boom! I hit strait on to the wooden The Boston Tea party, it sparked oppositions handle near the port. Suddenly I realized the noise I made towards Great Britain. A major turning point during the American Revolution. It led to wars could cause people to feel confusion and give me attention later during the AR. instead of the plan. The good thing is, not much people heard it, only a few people nearby got shocked. I shrugged. Splash… Splash… weaker and weaker. It stopped, but echoed and echoed and echoed in my mind. The plan was successful. They dumped more than three hundred boxes of tea. This was known as the Boston tea party, it one hundred percent will cause the British to react. But precisely how? No one knows.


Sep. 5, 1783 Charlie Wilson “America… …Independence… …Nation…” A deep but bright voice had woken me up. “It was named the treaty of Paris!” Treaty of Paris… I don't recognize that name, but Paris, I’ve heard of representatives of America going to Paris for something. America? Independence? Nation? How do they work in what the person was trying to communicate? It sounds really positive, but really? Is it possible of what I’ve been waiting all those years actually coming true? All the questions, surrounded my mind. I dashed out of our bright and shiny new house, on to the street, people were excited, cheering. Sun light reflecting the happiness in the atmosphere. As I walked, an announcement board appeared on the left of my eye sight. “Treaty of Paris signed on September third.” I read as I walked towards the crowd, “Would anyone mind telling me what happened, and what the Treaty of Paris is?” I asked politely trying to hide the excitement until I find out the truth. “Representatives of America American flag during the American Revolution. including John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin went to Paris to sign the treaty. The treaty was about the recognition of the independence of America, and giving back the lands from Allegheny Mountain to the Mississippi River,” It was mother. "Finally, we had our independence, the British no longer needed to rule over us." She seemed extremely tired. "After all those wars, battles, and deaths. Finally..." Tears filled her eyes, but they weren't the sad ones, they were the excited and hopeful tears. Battles, battles and battles. Against our home country that eventually has become our enemy. Great Britain, could no longer be named as our home country. We live in America and fight for America. After the Boston tea party from ten years ago, it was the Intolerable Acts taxes were added to isolate us living in Massachusetts. But by then, battles were taking place. Starting with Lexington and Concord, then to the battle of Bunker Hill, then to the International war. There wasn’t victory in every battle, but there was blood and deaths in every single of them. Within those battles, the second continental congress was forced to form after the Olive Brach petition. Two Figure 1 The Treaty of Paris years ago, it was the Battle of Yorktown that had defeated the Britain. The was what ended the American battle was led by general George Washington. Then it was the treaty that was Revolution. It was caused by mentioned. It had ended the war, we are a nation. total defeat in the Battle of Yorktown. Britain recognized America's independence, and had returned land between Allegheny Mt. to Mississippi River.

Independence of America, the new nation, those all sounded like a dream, but the dream was made to come true, our revolution was worth the hard working, worth the pain, worth the blood and deaths. It would definitely be better without blood. But that is impossible. After all those suffering, and sacrifice we are now a nation. America.

Journal Entry - American Revolution  

This is a journal written on the colonist's aspect, it narrates three major turning points throughout the revolution. It expresses generally...

Journal Entry - American Revolution  

This is a journal written on the colonist's aspect, it narrates three major turning points throughout the revolution. It expresses generally...

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