SW10: Psychovant Teaches American History #17: Why the American Revolution?

Scott Eiler seiler at eilertech.com
Mon Feb 17 18:47:52 PST 2020

For what it's worth, I've corrected the title.


On 2020-02-11 18:41, Scott Eiler wrote:

> Hey, kids, this is Psychovant! Here's your weekly history lesson!
> Why the American Revolution?  Largely because of smuggling.  The 
> original "Tea Party" movement was smugglers - of tea, go figure.  Or at 
> least that's what made it into history.  They were fine with Britain 
> helping defend them against France, but not with paying taxes for that. 
> Smuggling is of course the opposite of taxes. 
> (https://www.ushistory.org/us/7d.asp)
>      -  Colonists didn't much like the royal commissioners who drew 
> boundaries between them and the Injuns either.  It's as if the colonists 
> already wanted Injun land.  And they did, particulary in Kentucky. 
> (https://www.history.com/news/native-american-land-british-colonies)
>      -  To be fair, the Brits were like assholes with guns and a right 
> to conscript people to the Royal Navy.  Or as sailors said back then: 
> sodomy, rum, and the lash.  The Masshole contingent picked a fight with 
> the Brits first, thereby resulting in the Boston Massacre. 
> (https://www.biography.com/military-figure/crispus-attucks)  But even 
> their old rival Virginia had the same motives.  So they made common cause.
>      - Gee, Mr. Psychovant, why're you calling them British instead of 
> English now?  'Cause the English finally incorporated Scotland! 
> http://www.histparl.ac.uk/england-scotland-and-treaty-union-1706-08

-- (signed) Scott Eiler  8{D> ------ http://www.eilertech.com/ -------

The soldiers presented a pathetic but inspiring spectacle. The
hospitals were crowded with sick and wounded; the walls were
gradually crumbling under incessant shell fire, yet that garrison
of heroes remained undaunted.

It was as Buck said, "just as if they had been Americans."

- from "The Airship Boys in the Great War", De Lysle F. Cass, 1915.
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