To the (American) Tories, the opponents of the Revolution, it was a rebellion without cause, “the most unwanton and unnatural rebellion that ever existed.” In Leonard's opinions “the Annals of no country can produce an Instance of so virulent a Rebellion, of such implacable madness and Fury, originating from such trivial Causes.” “There was none of the atrocities by which other nations had been goaded into...war—no patrician insolence—no religious persecution—no bloody prescription”...one may ask why was there a revolution at all? The colonists were not an oppressed people...not experiencing any legendary tyranny...If anything, the colonists...were perhaps the freest of any subjects in the eighteenth-century world.
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