Their main argument was that the colonies should be in charge of taxing themselves. While the Stamp Act Congress peacefully tried to negotiate the repeal of the Stamp Act, the colonists took matters into their own hands. Many colonists joined by boycotting British goods, however, some took a much more violent approach. Colonists formed secret societies protesting British rule, most famously the Sons Of Liberty who called for American independence. These groups attacked in mobs by violently parading through the streets, burning British paper, ransacking some British custom official’s homes, and even tarring and feathering some of the custom officials.
The Americans faced taxes such as the Sugar Act, Stamp Act and Townshend Act due to Britain having to make up for the money they had lost to war. The people of America essentially felt that Britain was being unreasonable “for imposing taxes on us without our consent”. The taxes were passed by Parliament in which there were no American representation. This lead to Americans protesting the taxes that lacked representation and the Virginia House of Burgess stating that "the taxation of the people by themselves, or by persons chosen by themselves to represent them... is the only security against a burdensome taxation, and [is] the distinguishing characteristic of British freedom". The Stamp Act caused Americans to protest and refuse to buy or import British goods.
The British in the 1700s controlled a massive empire all around the world and they knew how to deal with a rebellion, but they had never had a rebellion where former British residents were the rebels. The colonists had a very extreme reaction to a handful of simple taxes the British put in place that were only supposed to help finance the previous wars in North America, most notably the French and Indian War. The British reacted very reasonably against the colonial tax resistance, and the colonists only worsened the situation as they were overreacting about very small taxes. After the British attempted to pass taxes to help finance the recent wars with France, the colonists began on their rampage against any kind of British tax on the goods they bought. The first tax that Britain passed was the Sugar Act of 1764, this tax was on sugar goods and after a lot of unrest Parliament finally lowered the price of the tax and the colonists were satisfied.
This was supposed to ease the tax restraints, but in the end, it created more taxes and conflict. The conflict began once the colonists first heard of the Stamp Act being passed by Parliament on March 22, 1765. The Stamp Act was to pay for stationing British soldiers in America to protect them and to pay off Great Britain 's debt after the seven years war. The minute news of the Stamp Act reached the colonies it was denounced with colonists crying “no
Although Parliament lifted some of taxes on colonists, it still taxed on tea without consent of their elected representatives. As a result, it triggered the Boston Tea Party. The slogan, “No taxation without representation,” summarized a primary grievance of the American colonists which was one of the major causes of the American
The people of Great Britain were already being taxed heavily, while the colonists had the lightest taxes of the entire British Empire. After the King’s first failed attempt at separating the colonists and American Indians during the Proclamation of 1763, he needed money to pay for the 7,500 soldiers he put on their new territory to keep peace between the colonists and the American Indians. Word of the new act reached the colonists in April 1765 and the protests continued throughout the year. Despite the colonists’ protests, the Stamp Act was approved on March 22, 1765. Then on November 1, 1765 the Stamp Act took effect.
Opposition continued to rise as these ideals were rejected by Royal Rule. Demonstrations opposing this legislation took place one of which being the burning of an effigy of the stamp distributor, Andrew Oliver and his home being vandalized. Eventually a group b the name “Sons of Liberty” formed to help influence protesting events. Finally, Parliament had repealed the Stamp Act, however, it was directly linked to the passage of the Declaratory Act. This stamp act was central to the American Revolution because it was the first collective from the Colonies to oppose Parliament, and was the direct linkage to future taxation against the Americas, thanks to the Declaratory Act, that would push the Colonies to
The Loyalists are subjects of the British Parliament and don’t worry about paying the tax and are okay with whatever rule England imposes. The Patriots on the other hand, don’t agree with the British Parliament, and have big issues with paying for the paper goods. As James Otis had said, “Taxation without representation is tyranny!” Here in Boston, all the Patriots are rebelling by boycotting paper goods, stoning tax collectors or burning their houses, and protesting. A patriot group called Sons of Liberty was started in each colony to fight for justice, and they rebelled against the Parliament, as no one want to pay the biased
“All they asked for was loyalty and money for debt due to the war’ (Gregg 1). So therefore, the ones being unfair were the Colonists because all they had to do was pay taxes and be loyal to Great Britain. Another reason the Colonists wanted to depart from Great Britain is because the English King chose a judge and was sent to the colonies from London. So basically, the Colonists were British subjects and responded to a British judge. The Colonists argued that the British did not understand the life the Colonies lived, which would lead to poor judging by the British because they lived different lives.
To pay off the debt, the British Parliament began to enforce new acts and taxes on the colonies (Doc I). Many acts placed on the colonies were not very harmful to the colonies; some even reduced the price of certain goods. However, the Parliament was passing new laws and acts without consensus of the colonies (Doc G). This caused uproar in many of the colonies demanding to have representation within the British Parliament. A group of colonist called the Sons of Liberty came together to fight against taxation without representation and for their rights as citizens of Great Britain.
The colonist put together a secret society together this group called The Boston Tea Party this groups goal was to take down The Tea Acts. The Boston Tea Party were violent to anyone who was apart of the government and they would cause chaos between a lot of people. They destroyed things and the were also known as people who were very destructive not very helpful for anyone. The biggest thing that impact the american revolution was the tea that was dumped off the the ship that sailed into the harbor the The Boston Tea Party they dressed up as indians and through a lot of tea into the harbor also the Boston Tea Party was also known as the Sons Of Liberty there were also Daughter of Liberty these daughters helped make clothing for everyone so they wouldn’t have to buy clothes from England they boycotted a lot of England 's supplies by making their own supplies from
In the mid to late 1700s England’s period of little involvement with the American colonies came to an end. When the British came over to fight, and eventually win, for the Americas they finally saw how much had developed. The British victory over the French in North America inevitably led to the American Revolution because it caused massive debt for England, and it ended the Era of Salutatory Effect for the colonists The British involvement in the French and Indian war ended up putting them in severe debt. Wars are expensive endeavors, the country must provide soldiers with food, clothing, weapons, transportation, payment for their services, and compensate families for losses. During the French and Indian war, also known by England as the
They use to treat parliament and queen of England with full respect. Things begin to change around 1760s, when British parliament passed series of laws without the consultation of American people. The one such law in this series was Stamp act. The Stamp act was passed in 1765. Americans found this tax to be unconstitutional and disturbing because they believed that no freeman could be forced to pay the tax without his permission.
In 1765, Prime minister Grenville introduce the Stamp Act passed by the British crown, and this act prompted the beginning of a lot of resentment from the colonists. For the colonists perspective, it was more than a political argument since every person in the colonies made their living by the use of paper products was affected by the Stamp Act. Not surprisingly, the colonist at this point were trying to decide if they would comply with the new laws. Also, there was a debate regarding whether the colonists were virtually represented by the highest legislature of government whom Prime Minister Grenville felt confident they were. The colonist disputed the fact and asserted that only direct representative had the authority to tax the American colonies.