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Week_3 - England “If you chuse to tax us give us Mimbers...

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Patrick Henry famously proclaimed, “Give me liberty or give me death!” Using both texts, explain how the American  colonists became disillusioned with the English crown to the point where many were willing to fight to become  independent. The start to American independence started in 1741 when the newly elected Prime Minister of Great Brittian, George  Grenville, decided that in order to make up for the shortfall of revenue from Great Brittian’s taxes they would get it  from America.  Although probably most were loyal to the crown theres always a breaking point and England just kept  piling on taxes year after until the pot boiled over.  It started with the Sugar Act of 1764, followed by the Stamp Act of  1765 which planted the first seeds of no taxation without representation when Benjamin Franklin told the Parliament in 
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Unformatted text preview: England, “If you chuse to tax us, give us Mimbers in your Legislature, and let us be one People” (Henretta 137). There was insult added following the Stamp Act with the Quartering Act being passed right after it, forcing colonial governments to provide for British troops stationed there, which meant the colonial governments had to raise more money. In 1767, the Townshend Act (taxes on day-to-day items) followed by the Restraining Act, controlling American representative assemblies, brought the pot to a boil. Things quickly go downhill for the crown, with Benjamin Franklin calling for England to “Repeal the laws, renounce the right, recall the troops, refund the money, and return to the old method of requisition” (Henretta 145), Americans start to openly protest and get vio...
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