If I had lived in the colonies during the period of 1763 to 1776 how would I have reacted? I would want to say that I would have joined in the revolution, but honestly, I probably would have stayed neutral to the situation unless someone pushed me to help the Patriots. Many of the leaders of the revolution were men, and as I am a woman, it would be more difficult to be involved in politics during this time period than it is today. I’d probably be a little annoyed by some of the taxes imposed on the colonies, such as the Stamp Act, but wouldn’t take much action at first. Also, living in Georgia, there was an even lesser chance that I would get involved in the revolution compared to people living in Massachusetts or New York because Georgia had stayed out of the assemblies that were brought together during the revolution until later in the period.
Now if something similar to the American Revolution happened today, I would be more likely to speak up. Democracy and representation are engrained in American society so if a power outside started imposing rules without our representation, there would be a lot more backlash initially. There’s also the internet, which was not available during the colonial period. Online, people could sign petitions, contact government officials more easily, and generally get their opinion out about this issue and this modern version of the American revolution would probably end more quickly with much less violence.