It is arguably true that Benjamin Franklin is the founding father of the United States. This extraordinary man did a lot for the nation until America secured independence from the Great Britain. However, as much as he is credited with the founding father title, it is worth bearing in mind that there were other key figures behind the efforts to garner independence for the nation. Some of the most notable figures at that time included George Washington and Gouverneur Morris among others (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2007). In fact, George Washington is said to be the first ever-intelligent boss during the struggles although he received less attention in comparison with other liberators (Rose, 2007). Therefore, recognition of Benjamin Franklin as the founding father could be somehow demeaning if the other close associates are not mentioned. This is because there was a high likelihood that these people worked synergistically to ensure that the country was independent and had a new constitution. However, labeling Benjamin Franklin as a first American generation is decidedly true. This is because his efforts towards a free country can be traced back into the earliest attempts to realize that goal. He belongs to a generation that was the first in discovering the discrepancies in the Great Britain rule and thus mounting an opposing force.
Benjamin Franklin is probably one of few people who could be trusted with the country affairs given his diverse experience in life (Stanfield, 2001). His ability to rise to the status irrespective of his academic backgrounds is evident that he was competent. As a prolific writer, he put in enormous efforts for to praise the country. The fact that General George Washington is the only man who surpassed what Benjamin Franklin did puts him firmly on the driving seat as the founding father of the nation. However, his scientific activities never went without opposition since he is allegedly responsible for the introduction of the Tallow trees from china. This plant is associated with some environmental degradation since it replaces the natural vegetation exceeding aggressively thus affecting the natural environment negatively (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2007).
The battles of revolutionaries represent the epicenter of most if not all military aggressions against the Great Britain. It is actually true that the army that started this war was terribly feeble to challenge any formidable army similar to that of the British. In fact, the army was only composed of the Rebels and minutemen who could cause any tangible opposition to the British.
Bohannon (2003, p. 69) describes the army of that time as being in a poor state and the commander, General Washington never wanted to let it known to other armies. This was also seen as a strategy to conceal his weakness and encourage his men to fight (Hackett, 2006). In other words, the army was in a deplorable state and had to accept the challenges that were ahead. Lack of a conventional army is probably the reason why the British soldiers had won most of the early confrontations. This is because they were armed better than Americans and had the advantage of numbers.
In June 17, 1775 was marked another crucial battle that helped America liberate itself. The Battle of Bunker Hill shocked the British as they woke up one morning to find themselves engulfed by American soldiers. This battle boosted the morale of American soldiers and the fear from the amount of British soldiers was diluted. This gave them a fighting spirit that led to subsequent victories. The concept of military alliance formation can be said to have originated from Major Battles of the Revolutionary War. For instance, Americans had to team up with the French to tame the British. This move can be called retaliatory since France had lost the Britain in the Indian and the French wars (Bohannon, 2003). However, this could also be a source of distrust since the French tried to claim control of some parts of America after the war.
The rule using an iron fist by the British was the trigger on the American Revolution. This is evident from the way this rule changed the Americans perceptions about the oppression that the colonialists used. For instance, the imposition of the stamp duty was seen an infringement of economic rights of Americans. This is because the American demographic status and economic growth were rapidly growing and any interruptions were seen as hugely consequential to the country. The British were serving as the source of interruption. This was easy for them due to susceptibility of America to economic manipulations thus leading to the great recession in 1760s (Bonwick, 1991).
The law was also used by the Colonialists to oppress the natives. Therefore, legal imbalances prompted Americans to agitate for equal rights that were protected by law. This led to demand for change of the political structures responsible for making laws. Americans wanted to exist free of any interferences and their rights recognized by law. This lead to the realization of the local autonomy that enjoyed some fundamental guarantees over many issues (Greene, 2000). Apart from the draconian laws used by the British, selfish interests were also behind the revolution wave. Their habits in trade protectionism were evident especially where the Mercantilist law was used to regulate trading. Most Americans saw this as an economic oppression. Such applications of colonial law led to demonstrations such as those against the sugar act (Turner, 1996). This shows that the economy was the principal pillars which was behind the need for change in America that led to eventual defeat of the British