Unit 2: Revolution, Confederation, Constitution
DBQ 3: Causes of the Revolutionary War
Document 1: Why did Whately ( and probably most other English officials) fell that the American colonists should be willing to pay higher taxes to Parliament? Because the American colonists have received a lot of Advantages from Britain. They were receiving food, money, cloth, weapons and almost everything, from Britain. Document 2: According to Dickinson, what taxes was Parliament justified in imposing on the colonies? The Parliament was levying taxes from the American by lying that they will regulate the trade, but they never did, and the tax money was going to Britain’s pocket. Why did he object to the Stamp Act and the Townshend Acts?
The Stamp Act met great resistance in the colonies. The colonies sent no representatives to Parliament, and therefore had no influence over what taxes were raised, how they were levied, or how they would be spent. The Townshend Acts were also meeting with resistance in the colonies, they didn’t know what was going on whatsoever. Document 3: How does the engraving tell a different story from the above description of the Boston Massacre? From this excerpt, we can see how Britain didn’t mean to make a “massacre”. A crowd of Boston boys and men surrounded a number of British soldiers and began taunting and cursing them while pelting them with snowballs. This was the reason of the Boston “massacre”. Where do you suppose the term “massacre” to describe this event came from? I think that the reason of using the term “massacre” is to show that a lot of people died and were wounded. It can also be described to the American colonies as a “massacre” because it could be the reason of their revolution against Britain. Document 4: Who did Cresswell blame for the growing antagonism between the British and the American colonists? He mainly blamed the committee which were appointed to inspect into the character and conduct of every tradesman, to prevent...
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