A People’s History of the United States
Chapter Four Summary
Chapter four of A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn is about how Britain’s aggressiveness in government allows their tightening on the colonies. Because of their need for raw materials to balance their economy, their control over the colonies becomes stronger in order to obtain these raw materials. The colonists perform a series of rebellions in order to overthrow this British rule. To lead these rebellions, educated leaders led groups of rebellions with hate and opposition directed toward the British.
After the French and Indian War, Britain began focussing more on monetary values, which is where the colonies come into place. However, the colonies long for an independent self government, detached from British control. Wealth is not evenly distributed in the colonies. Separation between classes in the colonies led to an unequal balance between the rich and the poor. The poorer colonists begin to side with British government because of their dislike towards the upper class colonists. Colonial government then starts to realize that they need to appeal to the lower class and begin to adopt economic policies to do so.
The struggle for unity between these classes is just another spark leading up to the revolution. “Tyranny is Tyranny let it come from whom it may.” This quote shows the want for separation in the colonies. They would rather have tyranny come from their own elected representatives than the tyranny if they were represented by the British government. The struggle in creating and using new governmental idea is evident.