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Summary: This brief gives you the tools to argue that the US revolution was motivated by nationalism, and that it illustrates the power of strong nations to promote human rights by furthering their interests.
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Let’s face it. It’s hard to make nationalism look good. Negative can easily throw out examples of dictatorships or ineffective isolationist states and claim that’s what nationalism is. In these cases of injustice, negative argues we should reject national interests, like the colonists rejected Britain when they felt their rights were being ignored.
The US Revolution is a powerful example. If the negative can tie it to globalist (or at least anti-nationalist) motivations, they can make their case sound very persuasive. In this brief, I’ll give you the tools to argue that the US revolution was motivated by nationalism, and that it illustrates the power of strong nations to promote human rights by furthering their interests.
First, you must establish that the Revolution is an example of nationalism, starting by pointing out the disconnect between Britain and the colonies, which you can support by explaining salutary neglect.
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Shaylea is an NCFCA Lincoln-Douglas debater entering her 3rd year of competition. She ranked 17th in Lincoln-Douglas at the NCFCA 2017 National Championship in St. Paul, Minnesota. She’s enthusiastic about Lincoln-Douglas debate as a tool to enhance students’ understanding of the philosophies that shape our world.