9.26 Mounting Crisis - Wednesday Mounting Crisis Salutary...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007 Mounting Crisis Salutary Neglect : Britain didn’t pay much attention to the colonies and the colonists were free to run themselves o Salutary (beneficial) to the colonies because they were now independent After the French and Indian War, Britain needed money to boost their economy, so they looked to the colonies o When interests came into conflict, the English saw themselves as superior over the colonists Sugar Act, 1763 o Tax on sugar in the colonies o Affected merchants o Created protest, but no uproar Stamp Act, 1765 o Required people put stamps on all important documents o Created uproar and resistance “Times are dreadful, doleful,…dollar-less” Took away role of the elites in America Common people protested the law, too o Sons of Liberty widely denounced the Stamp Act Denounced people who took jobs as stamp collectors Began boycotting British goods ( nonimportation agreements ) o Colonial commerce froze

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