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Taxing American Colonies(Gr7 DBQ Form A)

Taxing American Colonies(Gr7 DBQ Form A)

When the French and Indian War came to an end in 1763, the British Monarch found itself in a large amount of debt. The British government began taxing the North American colonies to recover money that was lost during the war. Was the British government justified in taxing the North American colonies?

 

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When the French and Indian War came to an end in 1763, the British Monarch found itself in a large amount of debt. The British government began taxing the North American colonies to recover money that was lost during the war. As early as 1764, British Parliament began passing and enforcing taxation laws without Colonial representation in Parliament to raise revenue for the crown. These new laws angered many colonists and sparked ideas of rebellion against Parliament and King George III. The major division of the colonists had begun to split into two major groups; loyalists and patriots.

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PROMPT: Based on the provided documents, was the British government justified in taxing the North American colonies?

 ·         How would the cost of protecting the American colonies be funded during and after the French and Indian War?

·         How would Britain pay off the debt caused by the French and Indian War?

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Document A: Video "The Stamp Act"

By the time the French and Indian War ended in 1763, England had spent 70 million pounds defending the American colonies and felt it was time for Americans to pay their fair share.

Article: The Stamp Act
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Document A: Video "The Stamp Act"

View the video entitled "The Stamp Act."

 

Think Abouts:

Question 1: What were the British arguments for why the American colonies should be paying taxes?

 

Question 2: What would a British response be to the "No Taxation without Representation" argument made by the American colonists?

 

Question 3: How are you going to use the information from this video to support your argument in your essay?

 

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Document B: Reasons for Colonial Taxation

Milestones: 1750-1775
Parliamentary taxation of colonies, international trade, and the American Revolution, 1763-1775

The American Revolution was precipitated, in part, by a series of laws passed between 1763 and 1775 that regulating trade and taxes. This legislation caused tensions between colonists and imperial officials, who made it clear that the British Parliament would not address American complaints that the new laws were onerous. British unwillingness to respond to American demands for change allowed colonists to argue that they were part of an increasingly corrupt and autocratic empire in which their traditional liberties were threatened. This position eventually served as the basis for the colonial Declaration of Independence.

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Document B: Reasons for Colonial Taxation

Think Abouts:

Question 1: What were 3-4 taxes that were imposed on the colonists and why were they imposed?

 

Question 2: How did the colonists respond to these taxes and what were some specific actions taken by the American colonists? How did the British parliament respond to the colonists actions?

 

Question 3: How will you use the information from this document to support your argument in your essay?

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Document C: The Stamp Act Issued by British Parliament

The Stamp Act [condensed]

In Parliament March 19, 1765

An act for granting and applying certain stamp duties, and other duties, in the British colonies and plantations in America, towards further defraying the expences of defending, protecting, and securing the same; and for amending such parts of the several acts of parliament relating to the trade and revenues of the said colonies and plantations, as direct the manner of determining and recovering the penalties and forfeitures therein mentioned.

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Document C: The Stamp Act Issued by British Parliament

 

Think Abouts:

Question 1: What was Parliament’s stated purpose for the tax?

 

Question 2: Would the colonists’ reaction toward this act have differed if the list of taxed goods had been lessened? 

 

Question 3: How are you going to use the information from this document to support your argument in your essay?

 

 

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Document D: Patriot Response to the Stamp Act

The Stamp Act Congress (representative of the thirteen colonies except, Georgia, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Virginia) met on October 19, 1795 in New York City. The representatives made their opinions know to Parliament in regards to The Stamp Act since the colonist had no representatives in Parliament.

Article: Resolutions of the Stamp ...
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Think Abouts:

Question 1: What are 3-4 main ideas expressed in the “Resolution of the Stamp Act Congress?”

Question 2: In this list of grievances, do the colonies offer any solutions to the problems brought on by the French and Indian War?                  

Question 3:  How will you use the information from this document to support your argument in your essay?

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PROMPT:

Based on the provided documents, was the British government justified in taxing the North American colonies?
• How would the cost of protecting the American colonies be funded during and after the French and Indian War?
• How would Britain pay off the debt caused by the French and Indian War?

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