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For Imposing Taxes On Us Without Our Consent

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"For Imposing Taxes on us Without our Consent"The section of the Declaration of Independence titled "The Charges Against the King is extremely important. The English Declaration of Rights included a similar section, so without indicating the revolutions' causes it would have been very difficult to justify independence. Today and during the time of the revolution many of the accusations seemed rather weak and unsupported. However there were some that were considered by all to be significant infractions. One of these is "no taxation without representation" or more specifically "For imposing taxes on us without our consent.The fact that England was taxing the people without representation was ...view middle of the document...

This forced the colonists to deny the authority of Parliament altogether and to begin considering independence. This was one very important step on the road to revolution.It was not just a single tax that the colonists found to be so upsetting but it was the combination of them all that made that colonists feel bogged down. They were the Sugar Act (1764) the Stamp Act of 1765 and the Townshend Acts of 1767. The Stamp Act of 1765 required all legal documents, licenses, commercial contracts, newspapers, pamphlets and even playing cards to carry a tax stamp. This tax was in your everywhere for the colonists. It was often the reason that the Sons of Liberty and the Daughters of Liberty violently protested. They would ransack houses of popular officials, confiscated money an hanged effigies of stamp agents on liberty poles. The stamp act created much of the tension between England and the colonists that would eventually lead to revolution.Another very important tax was the Townshend Acts of 1767. They imposed a light import duty on glass, white lead, paper, paint, and tea. The Townshend Acts were not too unreasonable but the colonists were on the look out for any kind of tax...

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