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  1. The Stirrings of Rebellion Chapter 4 Section 1

  2. The Sugar Act - 1764 British Action • Strictly enforced • Halved duty on foreign molasses (Indirect Tax) • Placed duties on certain imports (ie. lumber) • Allowed smugglers to be tried in British courts Colonial Reaction • Angered over economics not “Taxation w/o Representation” • Written protests • Occasional boycotts

  3. Stamp Act 1765 British Action • First Direct Tax • Taxed legal and commercial documents (licenses, newspapers, almanacs) • Special “stamped” paper for legal docs • Dice and playing cards Colonial Reaction • Violent protests (harass tax collectors) • “Sons of Liberty” • Colonies pass laws to evade the tax • Stamp Act Congress issues Declaration of Rights and Grievances • Further boycotts

  4. Violence against tax collectors

  5. Quartering Act – 1765 and 1774 British Action • Standing army after French and Indian War • Required colonial assemblies to house and provision British soldiers • Soldiers stayed in inns, stables, barns, etc. • 1774, Use private homes as necessary Colonial Reaction • 1765, Most colonial assemblies refused to pay for provisions • 1774, Wrote petition to King George

  6. Declaratory Act - 1766 British Action • Accompanied repeal of Stamp Act • Statement of Parliament’s right to rule the colonies in any way it saw fit Colonial Reaction • Pleased w/ repeal of Stamp Act • Continued protest of other British imposed laws • Scared that more punitive laws would follow

  7. Townshend Acts - 1767 British Action • Indirect tax on lead, paper, tea, paint and glass collected at port • Revenue paid British officials in colonies • Created customs commission • Suspended N.Y. assembly for failure to comply Colonial Reaction • “No Taxation without Representation” cries from colonists • Resumed boycott of British goods • Cut British exports to colonies by 38%

  8. “No Taxation without Representation” • The English Bill of Rights (1689) – “The crown cannot issue taxes without approval of Parliament” • The colonists had no representation in Parliament. so they argued that they could not be taxed by Parliament • Parliament argued that they have the right to speak for the interests of all British subjects not just the districts that elected them.

  9. Boston Massacre - Background • British agents in Boston seized John Hancock’s colonial ship Liberty • Customs inspector claimed suspicion of smuggling • Triggered colonial riots in Boston • British station 2,000 troops in Boston • Troops were poorly paid • Competed for jobs w/ colonists

  10. Boston Massacre March 5, 1770 Afternoon, Fist fight over jobs That night, a mob gathered in front of customs house Armed clash between colonists and guards 3 colonists killed 2 wounded

  11. Tea Act - 1773 • Created to save the failing British East India Co. • Granted BEIC right to import tea free of tax that colonial merchants paid • Hoped colonists would buy the cheaper tea • Bostonians dressed as natives destroy a shipment of tea (Boston Tea Party) • * 18,000 lbs. of tea dumped into Boston Harbor*

  12. Intolerable Acts - 1774 British Action • George III’s response to Boston Tea Party • Gen. Gage new Governor Mass. • Closes Boston Harbor • Quartering Act of 1774 • Places Boston Under martial law Colonial Reaction • First Continental Congress: • Representative colonial assembly – 56 representatives met in Philadelphia • Declaration of Colonial Rights • Agreed to fight if attacked • Agreed to reconvene in May 1775 if demands not met

  13. III. Lexington and Concord To Concord, By the Lexington Road Civilian militia or minutemen begin to stockpile firearms, 1775 Resistance leaders John Hancock, Samuel Adams hide in Lexington Gage sent men along Lexington Road to seize and destroy all weapons & gunpowder

  14. III. Lexington and Concord • “The Regulars Are Coming!” • 700 redcoats sent to capture leaders, destroy munitions, April 1775 • Paul Revere, William Dawes, Samuel Prescott warn leaders, townspeople • Revere reached Adams & Hancock – continued his famous ride

  15. III. Lexington and Concord • “A Glorious Day for America” • April 19, 1775 Battle of Lexington - British Soldiers attacked 70 minutemen – 8 killed and 10 wounded • British continued on to Concord, found nothing & were heading back to Boston – 3000 to 4000 minutemen attack • Dozens killed they return to Boston after humiliating loss • Adams says “this is a glorious day for America”

  16. Review Questions • List and explain three ways the colonies organized to resist British taxation? • What were three events & what took place that increased tension before the outbreak of war? • When, where and what happened at the Battles of Lexington and Concord?