Townshend Act Dbq

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Around the 1770s, the Townshend Acts caused many problems for the colonists at the time, and this helped the Revolutionary War happen. The Townshend Acts were named after Charles Townshend. He was known as a Chancellor of the Exchequer, chief treasurer of British Empire who's in charge or economic and financial matters. Townshend created the Acts because after the repeal of the Stamp Act, money was needed to pay off expenses from the French and Indian War. The money would also support their government and their administration of justice. The Townshend duties taxed glass, oil, paint, lead, paper and tea to raise £40,000 per year for administration of the colonies as of June 29, 1767. In addition, £1,767 was needed to pay the king, heirs, …show more content…
Newspapers stated that the colonists were united in their opposition to the Townshend Acts and the enforcement policies within it. The resistance to the Acts involved expanding a network of individuals, families, neighbors, communities, and colonies from New England to Georgia. The only flaw to the resistance of the Acts was the separation of the colonial ranks; the most significant being the split between urban artisans and merchants, allies in 1765. The colonists hated the way the duties were to be spent based on the new ways money was to be …show more content…
He believed "we cannot enjoy Liberty without Property"; their liberty was being threatened. To him, liberty is important for human happiness and human beings by nature possess liberty; human beings by nature love liberty. Dickinson thinks there are three main threats to the colonists' liberty: taxing colonists without their consent; money raised from the Townshend Acts, which in turn, restricts their liberty more; a more oppressive parlimentary legislation. In his letters, John Dickinson took a quote from the resolutions passed by the Stamp Act Congress in

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