2nd Period Social Studies
Loyalty vs. Freedom
You have just returned home from a day’s work in the shop, when all of a sudden your door is kicked down. The dust settles. Four British troops enter, weapons drawn. One of the troops comes and points his rifle at your chest, bayonet stabbing your skin. “Are you loyal to England, or are you a rebel traitor, a patriot?” You look towards your family, cowering in the corner. You know that your decision will mean life or death. What would you say? These are tense times for our young nation. Right now, there are only two types of people: Loyalists and patriots. Patriots fight for the freedom that our children and grandchildren should have, but loyalists remain loyal to England. There are many reasons why we patriots choose to be who we are. No more unfair taxes, a representation in government, and getting the freedom we came for are just a few reasons why people choose to be patriots. So, what would you have said? If you said a loyalist, this might just change your mind.
The British had placed several taxes on us that benefitted themselves more than they did us, and many of these were done without our approval. The first of these taxes was the Quartering Act. This act was the one of the ones that started our distrust of England. We are forced to feed and shelter British troops in the area. Stamp-act-history.com states that “The act required colonial assemblies to provide housing, food and drink to British troops stationed in their towns with the purpose of improving living conditions and decreasing the cost to the crown.”(stamp-act-history.com). We should not have to shelter troops and waste our money on people that don’t even respect us. The second of these acts was the Townshend Acts. These acts force us to buy certain goods from England and only England. “The Act imposed import duties on 72 items including paint, tea, glass and paper. It also authorized the Supreme Court to...
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