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Unformatted text preview: erent Theories of Representation* 33 - Grenville’s acts illustrate the different theories of
representation. While Grenville and the English believed
that Parliament represented all British subjects by
definition regardless of where they lived [Virtual
Representation], colonists believed that they needed
members that specifically represented their regions.
- Another ideology that was beginning to become popular
in the colonies was that of the Real Whigs, who stated
that a good government mainly left people alone and that
government should not be allowed to encroach on
people’s liberties and on their property.
- Although at first not many people interpreted British
actions according to the Real Whig ideology, over time
this point of view affected increasing numbers of
*Colonial Response to the Sugar and Currency Acts*
- The Sugar and Currency Acts could not have been
implemented at a worse time, b/c the economy was
already in the midst of a depression following the shift of
the war to Europe. So merchants were all the more
annoyed by the new taxes.
- Nevertheless, while individual colonists protested the
new policies, lacking any precedent for a unified
campaign Americans were uncoordinated and unsure of
themselves in 1764. Eight colonial legislatures sent
separate petitions to Parliament [all ignored], but that
- The most important individual pamphlet relating to the
Sugar Act was The Rights of the British Colonies
Asserted and Proved by James Otis Jr., which
discussed the main ideological dilemma of the time –
34 how could the colonists justify their opposition to certain
acts w/o challenging Parliament’s authority over them?
*1765: The Stamp Act Crisis*
- Initially, when the Stamp Act was passed, the response
was pretty underwhelming as well. It seemed hopeless to
resist. But Patrick Henry, a member of the Virginia
House of Burgesses, was not prepared to give up easily
and instead wrote the Virginia Stamp Act Resolves.
- The resolves wer...
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2014 for the course APUSH AP United taught by Professor Orban during the Fall '10 term at Harrison High School, Harrison.
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