Taxation In America And The American Revolution

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Arguments about taxation in America in the period of 1764 to 1773 culminated in a move towards independence for reasons such as Americans did not feel like they were part of Britain and as if they were being unfairly treated by their mother nation. However, propaganda also encouraged Americans to move towards independence and there was a developing sense of national identity as America had economically become a fairly self sufficient state.
Arguments over taxes in America caused protests because many Americans felt under-represented in British parliament and therefore did not believe they should have to pay a direct tax. Americans had no representation in parliament and had no right to vote in Britain and therefore no say in what was done
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Many pamphlets were sold cheaply to Americans that debated political issues, which is the format in which most of the important writings of the American Revolution were written. One of the best examples of these pamphlets is Thomas Paine’s Common Sense in which he discusses the negative aspects of the crown and promotes the idea of independence from Britain. His reason for focusing on the crown and not parliament, who passed the acts that caused America to want independence in the first place, was because many of the settlements in America were initially funded by royal grants, meaning people needed to justify breaking from the British monarchy. It is easy to see how effective propaganda was in moving towards the revolution by looking at Common Sense as there were only two and a half million British settlers in America at this time, and half a million copies of Common Sense were sold within a few months. Other forms of propaganda appeared in the thirty-five newspapers in the American colonies, which were filled with debate over revolutionary arguments by …show more content…
This contributed to the American Revolution as most did not feel loyal or like they belonged to Britain. Americans at this point were mostly loyal to their state, as the wider American national identity developed after the revolution. Despite this, each of the states knew that they wanted to be independent of Britain and therefore rebelled in the revolution. The removal of French colonists to the west also made the Americans question Britain’s power over them and the idea developed that the Americans no longer needed to be under British control. The proclamation line enforced by Britain suggests that it may have been trying to avoid Americans gaining too much power and declaring independence. However, America was also expanding economically at this time and was engaged in profitable overseas trade. This was largely due to the very profitable trade of tobacco from southern American colonies and farming in the fertile land of the northern colonies, which also had very good trade links through rivers and large harbours. This meant that many colonies had been able to exist without British supervision for many years prior to the disruption caused by taxes and the eventual

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