The American Revolution was the result of increasing colonial unhappiness with British rule. British policies had Americans outraged with the injustices that they believed they were receiving. While the British believed they were treating the Americans fairly considering they were a colony, the American colonists felt they were still being misrepresented. The American colonists wanted freedoms to the point where the decided they wanted to completely break away from Britain.
The Americans tried to tell the British how they felt they were being misrepresented. In the Blueprint for Reform by Governor Francis Bernard, proposals for reform were listed to re-define the relationship and to alter the governments of the colonies in order to fit both the colonists wishes of more freedoms and Britain’s wishes for more control. In Jams Otis’ pamphlet, he states “In every society absolute power resided originally in the whole people and that they could entrust it to whomever they wished.” And that “ colonists were represented in Parliament and Parliament could not legally and constitutionally tax them.” These were the beliefs of the colonists at the time. Meanwhile, the British believed that because America was a colony, its colonists could not completely give them the freedoms of a democracy. America was a colony under British rule and therefore they will follow the laws placed upon them by the king.
There were multiple occurrences in which the colonists felt they were being unfairly treated, with taxation without representation being one of the biggest disputes. The essay from Whately is one of the most elaborate essays written about the Sugar Act. Most of his essay is in defense of the tax imposed, stating that it is a regulatory measure but in the last part he says that England has no right to tax the Americans without their consent. Whately says that it is against constitutionality of Parliament’s power to tax the Americans without the...
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