Amy Tan: Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

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Sumel Singh
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English 10 honors
10 October 2012

Liberty "Give me Liberty, or give me Death!” (Henry 100) The date is March 20, 1774, we as a nation must choose between one of these two proclamations. The British have increased our taxation and yet we have no representation, in addition, the British allow their soldiers quarters in our homes, alongside our families, with no consent of ours? Furthermore, when we try to protest against these unjust acts, we get punished for doing so. I cannot stand by while my country has its freedom’s robbed. As an American, I ask my fellow countrymen to stand alongside each other and seek justice in independence. How can we be ruled by a tyrant, who himself, is across the ocean and is ignorant on our way of life? How much longer can we let innocent townspeople get massacred by redcoats? Great Britain has stolen our liberty leaving only death at our doorstep. Taxation without representation, inability to protest unjust acts, and tyranny of a king are only few, but major reasons why we must fight for Liberty or remain cloaked in death. In 1765 we received the first unjust taxation, The Stamp Act, all colonists were taxed on paper, newspapers, cards, etc. At the time we believed ourselves to be British citizens yet we were being taxed without any representation what so ever in the British parliament. Furthermore the Magna Carta allowed us personal liberty, which had been taken away with this unjust taxation. Even though the Stamp act was repealed one year later, similar unjust laws were its subsequent. The Townshend acts of 1767 put an import tax on our tea, glass, and paint. Once again we were not represented in this taxation and our freedom decreased as Britain continued to tax us at its leisure. How many more taxation laws must be passed before we realize that Britain is taking advantage of us? Not only did these unjust taxations lead to massacres at Boston and...
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