Lecture 15

Lecture 15 - Unit 9: Revolution from the Bottom Up Lecture...

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Unformatted text preview: Unit 9: Revolution from the Bottom Up Lecture Outline 1. Violence and the Stamp Act, 1765-66 2. The Townshend Duties and the Politics of Non-Violence, 1767-69 3. Forging a Colonial Identity Through Adversity, 1770-1775 4. War, Peace, and Exile, 1776-1783 5. Unfinished Business Copies of this Powerpoint file will be available for download from the course website after class When we treat extraordinary people like gods, ordinary people get quickly forgotten Revolution from the Bottom Up 1. Violence and the Stamp Act, 1765-66 An effigy of the local Stamp Distributor Andrew Oliver was found hanging from a tree in Boston on August 14 1765 The 1765 Stamp Act One of several new taxes created to pay down British debts (145m in 1765) following the Seven Years War Conceived by Prime Minister George Grenville as a way for colonists to pay their share for the war The 1765 Stamp Act A tax on commercial paper - eg. newspapers, pamphlets, and almanacs, legal documents, college diplomas, liquor licenses, and even packs of playing cards Image: Stamp on a 1765 legal document August 15 1765 Rioters cut down the effigy, paraded it through town, then ransacked Olivers house, targeting his luxury goods, before beheading the dummy Mobs in Rhode Island, New York City, South Carolina and elsewhere staged their own riots, hanged other officials in effigy and burned their houses over the next few weeks. By these lynchings, beheadings, ransackings and tarring and feathering protestors signaled: Their disgust for the Stamp Act - a new tax designed to solve a British problem Their willingness to target the local representatives of royal authority Their disgust for the Stamp Act - a new tax designed to solve a British problem Their willingness to target the local representatives of royal authority Their middle-class concern...
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