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Unformatted text preview: e passed [though some of the most
radical sections were taken out]. The parts that were
adopted essentially reasserted that the colonists had
never given up the rights of British subjects, which
included consent to taxation. This position was that of
most colonists throughout the 1760s – they wanted some
measure of independence and their rights, but not
- Ideologically, during this time, America’s leaders were
searching for some way to maintain self-government but
still remain British subjects. But b/c of Brit. unwillingness
to surrender on the issue of Parliamentary power this
simply wasn’t going to work.
- But resistance to the Stamp Act was soon more than
ideological arguments about Parliamentary power.
Organizations began forming to resist the taxes, such
as… Loyal Nine – in August 1765 this Boston social
club organized a demonstration that also included
the lower classes. They also hung an effigy of the
province’s stamp distributor, which caused him to
publicly promise not to do what he was supposed
to. Another demonstration, however, occurred
35 shortly after that – but this time it was aimed at
Governor Thomas Hutchinson, and concerned the
elites [this illustrates the internal divisions
between the demonstrators – for the elite it was
political; for the laborers it was economic]. Sons of Liberty – so, to attempt to channel
resistance into acceptable forms an intercolonial
association, the Sons of Liberty, was formed.
Although they could influence events, however,
they couldn’t control them totally.
- Anyhow, by 1766 resistance was occurring on three
different fronts: the Sons of Liberty [mass meetings,
public support], a non-importation agreement
organized by the merchants, and the Stamp Act
Congress, which met in New York to draft the Stamp Act
*1767: The Townshend Acts*
- Then, in March 1766 Parliament repealed the Stamp
Act, partially b/c of the non-importation agreements,
which turned London merchants against th...
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