Great Britain provoked the American Revolution by pursuing increasingly authoritarian policies to centralize control over its North American colonies. These colonists, fearful of the Crown’s similarly harsh treatment of the Irish, rebelled against the tyranny that likely followed for them. Yet, not all British American colonies rebelled. Loyal subjects in the sugar-producing Caribbean islands feared the rebellion of the people they enslaved and relied on royal troops to ensure their protection. In the 2016 George Rogers Clark Lecture, Dr. O’Shaughnessy explains the causes of the American Revolution in the context of the British Empire and its interests around the globe.
The British Empire and the Causes of the American Revolution
Director of the International Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello
October 28, 2016