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No taxation without representation!
No taxation without representation!
In 1662 King Charles granted a charter to Connecticut colony saying that the Connecticut colony could make their own laws (Spear, 70) Assemblies elected laws, bet taxes, and raised companions of troops called militia (charter, 8). Then in 1687 King James wanted the British Parliament to make laws for the colonists, therefore repelling the charter.
In 1765, British Parliament could make laws for the colonists. The king needed to pay for the French and Indian War. So he made laws to tax the colonists thus the sugar act (Harcourt, 266).
The sugar act, 1764. ”This tariff angered the colonists, but what bothered them most was they had no parting making this law (January 6).”The king and British parliament had all had a say in making this new law. Unlike other citizens colonists couldn’t elect lawmakers but parliament was quick to remind colonists they were still British subjects (Harcourt 263).
The stamp act, 1765. This was another big blow to the colonist’s democratic ideals. The colonists had been practicing self-government for a century (Harcourt 263).
They collected their own taxes to pay for service in all the colonies. As James Odis had said “ No taxation without representation” Parliament added these new laws to show they could still make laws for the colonists. (Harcourt 272) The stamp act congress met to get these British laws were directly opposed the democratic ideals of self-government they practiced for a century.
The colonists didn’t get to elect representative into the British parliament, Therefore, they didn’t get any say in the mater to what laws would be past and they were forced to pay for those laws. The tea act was the last straw. The King made a third law that angered the colonists.
The tea act, 1765. The colonists were so fed up with parliament passing completely unfair laws so they decide to protest. Parliament repelled all taxes except the tax on tea. On December 16, 1773 the colonists dressed as Indians and threw every last bag of British tea into the Boston harbor, which later came to be known as the Boston tea party. The colonists believed in democracy (Harcourt 263). Congress sent an appeal for peace and harmony to King George the third and suggested that parliament get rid of all unconstitutional laws controlling America (Schanzer 24). The colonists were not represented in British parliament and believed their rights as British citizens were being ignored.
The colonists were British citizens living in America.
When their rights were being trampled by, the sugar act, the tea act, and the stamp were trampling British citizens act the appealed to the King and British parliament. When that didn’t work they protested. Eventually, The rally call “No taxation without representation” turned into the Revolutionary War.
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Hi! I learned this last year!!! It was so much fun learning it because we made signs saying "No Taxes without Representation!!" Then we go to draw the people in the background. I loved the phrase too. Anyway thanks for the wonderful facts and information! Bye!
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