Notes 1.28

Notes 1.28 - Basically, all the acts outlined at the end of...

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Basically, all the acts outlined at the end of the last set of notes were Britain’s way of saying  “screw you” to the colonists by taxation without representation. First Continental Congress Colonists were angry, so they formed this in 1774 Contains representatives from all 13 colonies Idea: “Let’s all work together against Great Britain” Thomas Paine Grew up in lower class, but then writes “Common Sense” Explains the following: o Government is a necessary evil o We are getting no advantage being attached to Britain Our goods are valuable and Britain is confiscating them to sell for its own  profits They are dragging us into their arguments abroad, causing our potential  allies to be our enemies o Britain couldn’t tax us like they do if we weren’t economically stable – so we must  be! This pamphlet is very widely printed and read – there are 25 different editions published  in one year This pamphlet is read at the center of all social gatherings in the colonies o AKA – this pamphlet is read at TAVERNS! o People are drunk, they get really rowdy, support it wholeheartedly People begin to arm themselves and form small militias (there is no central military in the  colonies) Paine rises from the lower class to the middle class
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Battles of Lexington and Concord Both in 1775, the year after the last tax acts, the first two battles of the Revolutionary  War, fairly sporadic, not organized We lose horribly, but they sort of take the initiative Causes the First Continental Congress to start forming plans as to how the colonies  could actually separate from Britain officially The Declaration Of Independence Most notably, Robert Livingston, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson 
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