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Unformatted text preview: February 6, 2008 Imperial Crisis and Colonial I ndependence Important People John Robinson Levi Preston John Chiswell Richard Henry Lee I I. The Imperial Constitution When push comes to shove, ultimate power resides in Parliament particularly House of Commerce Custom Sanctioned as Law o England had no single constitution but instead had a Common Law o Custom would become laws o What is allowed over a long period of time, becomes a constitutional right Two Views o England: Colonies are Dependant and Subject to Parliament Customs of England overtime will become part of the colonies as well o Colonists: Colonial Assemblies must approve taxes Key Right: Taxation. Colonial legislatures believed that the king must gain approval from the parliament before making a law or act Colonial Legislatures have same power as Parliament No Englishmen can be taxed without approval of a legislature where there is a representative of the Englishmen o ENGLAND SEES COLONISTS AS SUBJECTS o COLONISTS SEE THE COLONIES JUST LIKE ENGLAND WITH ASSEMBLIES AND LEGISLATURES WITH SAME AMOUNT OF POWER AS PARLIAMENT.POWER AS PARLIAMENT....
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