Lecture 11

Lecture 11 - 2.15.11 Lecture 11: Rebellion -How did...

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2.15.11 Lecture 11: Rebellion -How did colonists move from seeing themselves as British citizens to a declaration of independence? I. Tightening the Bonds of Empire A. George Grenville & National Debt -Prime Minister and King believed that colonists should help pay for the debt acquired from war -colonists view new policies in 1760 as abridging their rights -George Grenville -experienced politician, able man -123 million pound debt -grew larger everyday because of standing army -annual interest: 5 million pounds/year -British citizens paid 5x the taxes that colonists in NA did -revenue bills -Currency Act (1764): prohibits the use of paper money to pay off debts -Sugar Act (1764): reduced taxes on imported French molasses -added more items to the list of commodities that could only be sent to England -Stamp Act (1765): taxes -colonists learned about Act in April, had 7 months to know about it -Grenville gave colonists a chance to propose another way -Stamp Act politicized many who hadn’t been interested in politics
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