After discussing the revolts of the American colonies against the British government, I found many similarities between the colonial revolts and the recent anti-American uprisings in the Middle East. After an American video antagonizing the Islamic prophet Muhammad spread throughout the Middle East, mobs burned down American embassies, killing American ambassadors and officers. I do not believe, however, that these revolts were simply because of this antagonizing video, but rather because of built up anger and resentment, similar to that of the American colonists. The colonists became increasingly angry as the British government imposed harsh acts controlling trade and taxes, which hurt colonial merchants. Particularly, the colonists did not feel as though they were being taxed fairly, given that the colonists were not properly represented in parliament. The Tea Act of 1773 permitted Britain’s East India Tea Company to export its tea directly to the colonies, bypassing taxes that were imposed on colonial merchants. This angered the colonists because it put their tea merchants out of business and was another piece of evidence that the colonists lacked control over their own colonies, increasing the desire for sovereignty from Britain. Although the colonists and British government believed in a constitution, an essay entitled “The American Revolution as a Constitutional Controversy” by R.B. Bernstein reveals that the colonists did not believe in a changing constitution and believed in a government that protects the people’s rights. Their ultimate revolt during the Boston Tea Party was the result of anger and resentment building up. This was similar to the Middle East uprisings in that their uprisings were because of their disagreement towards Western culture, resentment for the United States imposing a form of government on some countries, and that the video that reasoned the uprisings spread through media, as did the ideas for revolt in the colonial era did (pamphlets and taverns played a crucial role in spreading these ideas). These recent uprisings could have also been from built up anger as a result of American sanctions imposed on the Middle East oil industry, similar to the negative effects that the Tea Act had on the colonial tea industry.