Essay about The Legacy Of George Washington

766 Words Apr 17th, 2016 4 Pages
When it comes to history we don’t think much of how influential a certain time period was and how it shaped the way our country is today. Most people with a general education of history know that George Washington was the first president and Barack Obama is the current one. Most people don’t realize that the 1790’s was the most important decade in American history and formed the way our nation is today. Joseph J. Ellis is the Ford Foundation Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College and he had written six books, one in which include the “Founding Brothers”. Ellis talks about in this book the differences that each one of our founding brothers had but, at one point, were able to come together and make a great country, what we now call America.
Just like today, I am sure none of us like to be told what to do. After the end of the Seven Year War in 1763, Britain began limiting the Colonist’s expansion West and began to tax the colonies in order to pay for large numbers of British troops to be kept in the Colonies. Paul Leroy once said “Taxes are simply contributions demanded of citizens as their share of the expenses of government” (Leroy). The reason people today have a problem with taxes is because either the tax does not apply to them or that the service being taxed is not needed. Just like the colonies being taxed for troops they did not think it was necessary on top of the fact that they did not like soldiers invading their space. Between 1765 and 1775 a series of…

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