Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 9 months ago

American founding fathers question?

By definition would it be fair to say they where all traitors who committed treason? I am not saying the cause was wrong I am just saying by definition they all were traitors right?

4 Answers

  • 8 months ago

    By definition, yes. As British subjects, they were considered legally traitors for questioning the King, and even for lodging complaints. King George III considered them traitors also. You couldn't even question the King, it was considered disloyal, and not only by the King. By attempting to break off and found their own republic, they were considered treasonous by the British government, which included the Prime Minister and Parliament also. 

            This is why Benjamin Franklin said to his fellow founding fathers, "Gentlemen, we must surely hang together, or we will hang separately." He was telling them the possible punishment for treason, for which they would be charged in Britain, if the cause should fail.  

  • 9 months ago

    According to the British government, yes. This is an excellent example of how the heroes of one side are the villains of the other.

  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Yes, they were, until the treaty in which Britain recognized American independence. Then they weren't. As the old saying goes:

    Treason doth never prosper.

    What's the reason?

    For if it prosper,

    None dare call it treason.

  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Only in the eyes of King George and his subjects.

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