Furthermore, these partisans had long regarded independence as no more than a distant, if likely, ramification of the burgeoning of the New World" (Egnal 271). Events subsequent to 1774, however, "gradually convinced the upper-class revolutionaries that more forceful initiatives were needed to defend their vision. Although profoundly concerned about the dangers of agitating the common people, these wealthy patriots now endorsed the active involvement of the poorer farmers, a regularly constituted continental assembly, commercial nonintercourse, and the creation of armed forces" (Egnal 271).
The expansionists began their renewed effort with a strategy designed to turn the common people in the Colonies against the non-expansionists (Egnal 272). Once the tide had been turned against the non-expansionists, the expansionists directed their energies toward a reduction in any leadership role for members of the merchant and lower classes, together with a muting of any future egalitarian control of economic resources, while simultaneously retaining the support of the merchant and lower classes in the struggle against Britain.
The American Colonists were united only in their opposition to insensitive and what they perceived as unfair actions against the American Colonies by the government of the United Kingdom (Christie 14-20). The great majority of the American grievance