July 04, 2004

Eleven Score and Eight Years Ago

The Fourth of July goes fairly unnoticed over here. I suppose it isn't in the collective psyche of a nation to celebrate great defeats.

I wonder how things would have turned out if there had been taxation with representation and any major grievances had been addressed by Parliament and the King.

What would that representation have looked like in 1807 or 1833 when the major slavery legislation passed through Parliament? How would the slave states have reacted to the passage of that legislation? Would there have been a war of independence by just the southern colonies?

Would the American colonies have devolved, like Scotland? Or would they have been granted (or wanted) independence in the great break-up of the Empire?

Just thoughts I ponder as I sit on the other side of the Atlantic.

Posted by david at July 4, 2004 02:44 AM | TrackBack

Ah, the justifications of our Revolution are something I don't enjoy pondering. It is what it is, I'm just happy we have what we have...if that makes sense.

Posted by: aaron at July 9, 2004 08:19 PM