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The phrase “Taxation without Representation” was the battle cry of the American patriots against the imposition of taxes by the British Parliament.
- The passage of the Stamp Act in 1765 triggered the American colonists to question their rights. The Stamp Act was made by the British Parliament to gain revenue from the colonists after being broke at the end of the French-Indian War also known as the Seven Years War.
- The Stamp Act imposed taxes on printed documents produced and used inside the colony. Licenses, newspapers, print outs, playing cards, and other legal documents were included.
On October 9, 1765, delegates from the nine colonies gathered in New York and established the Stamp Act Congress. Representatives from Massachusetts (James Otis, Samuel Adams), Rhode Island (Henry Ward), Pennsylvania (John Dickinson), New Jersey (Joseph Gordon), Connecticut (William Johnson), Delaware (Thomas McKean), Maryland (William Murdock), and South Carolina (John Rutledge) attended the Congress while the colonies of Virginia, Georgia, and North Carolina did not sent any.
- The Declaration of Rights and Grievances was their first accomplishment as a Congress. It consisted of thirteen resolutions reiterating their rights. In general, they argued that they should not be levied with taxes without their consent in a form of representation in the British Parliament.
- The petition was posted for the colonists to read and was later sent to King George III of England and the Parliament. On March 18, 1766, the Stamp Act was repealed after the colonists refused to pay the Stamp tax. They also mobbed tax distributors, mobilized movements, and banned British goods.
- Even though the Stamp Act was repealed, the British Parliament passed the Declaratory Act reaffirming their power over the colonists. After a year, the Parliament continued to pass other acts such as the Townshend Revenue Act, Tea Act, and the package of five acts also known as the Intolerable Acts.
- The American colonists wanted actual representation to the British Parliament aside from the colonial assemblies such as the House of Burgesses. Virtual representation was unacceptable for them while imposing internal taxes to the colonies. The Sons of Liberty continued their advocacy until the end of American Revolutionary War.
No Taxation Without Representation Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use No Taxation Without Representation Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about the phrase “Taxation without Representation” which was the battle cry of the American patriots against the imposition of taxes by the British Parliament.
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- Taxation without Representation Facts
- The Sons of Liberty
- Turn of Events
- Who Said it?
- The Stamp Act Congress
- Tax Time
- Picture Analysis
- Representation 101
- History Repeats Itself?
- Take your Side
- What’s on your mind?
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