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Partisians, Adversaries & Rapscallions

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by: David Fullen
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Publication Date: September 16, 2018
Book Size: 6" x 9"
Pages: 327
Binding: Perfect Bound
Color: Black and White
ISBN: 9781684116270

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Book Synopsis
Following the French and Indian War many colonists had grave reservations regarding Britain's decision to keep an army in America following and virtually all Americans were opposed to Parliament's effort to have them finance that army through taxation. Americans petitioned against the 1764 Sugar Act, which created an import tax, and the 1765 Stamp Act, which inflicted direct taxes on each piece of printed paper including legal documents, licenses, newspapers, playing cards, other publications, and ship's papers. What made the law so odious was not so much its direct cost, but the standard it was setting. The Americans contended that Parliament could not tax them, because they had no representation in the House of Commons.
When Parliament refused American requests, American mobs compelled stamp distributors to resign. Direct action by hordes of people was a recurrent happening in the prelude to the Revolution. British troops were sent to Boston to enforce the payment of duties, which only increased the hostilities. Enmity between civilians and British military created an incident on March 5, 1770, wherein British soldiers fired on an unruly mob, killing five people and wounding six others. Boston residents called the encounter the "Boston Massacre." The colonists responded with a coordinated nonimportation of British products.
In 1773, Parliament, in addition to reaffirming the tax on tea, passed a Tea Act. This was intended to help the British East India Company’s to compete with smuggled tea. That tactic was considered an affront in Boston, so the Sons of Liberty, disguised as "Indians," boarded the ships and discarded the imported tea into the Boston harbor.
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