The American Revolution : things about :

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1.Welcome to the American Revolution. Frustrations of colonial Americans in the early and mid part of the 18th century erupted into resentments, protests and finally open rebellion. The most dramatic of those frustrations are events worthy of illustrating the ignorance of British Rule. Those events with the greatest flair are: Stamp Act, The Boston Massacre

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2. In March 1765 the English Parliament imposing the first direct tax on the American colonies, to offset the high costs of the British military organization in America, passes the Stamp Act. For the first time in the 150 year old history of the British colonies in America, the Americans will pay tax not to their own local legislatures in America, but directly to England. Under the Stamp Act, all printed materials are taxed, including; newspapers, pamphlets, bills, legal documents, licenses, almanacs, dice and playing cards. The American colonists quickly unite in opposition, led by the most influential segments of colonial society - lawyers, publishers, land owners, ship builders and merchants - who are most affected by the Act.

It was hard to pay only in currency of silver coins because there wasn't all in America for the colonist to use. Most daily business and legal transactions in the colonies cease as the Stamp Act goes into effect with nearly all of the colonists refusing to use the stamps. Thus given the quote of "No Taxation Without Representation".

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Boston Massacre

3. On March 5, 1770 at Devonshire and State Street intersection in front of Old State House The Boston Massacre took place. It was the killing of five men by British soldiers. The soldiers were in Boston to keep order, but towns' people viewed them as spies and trouble. The Boston Massacre began when...