Since the government could not set up a national currency, and states were allowed to make their own, this caused trade between states to be very difficult. In Joseph Jones letter to George Washington (DOC C), he wrote how war veterans felt mistreated when they were not paid and the pay that was earned did not have much value. Jones wrote “One ground of discontent in the army is the delay in complying with their requests.” By never giving congress the power to establish a set currency for the nation, money traded between each state had
This act placed a tax on most things imported to the colonies. It was different than the stamp act simply because this tax was not imposed directly so it was sort of disguised. By disguising in this way MOST colonists did not seem to mind it too much. There were still the few that did not mind the taxes but the fact that they had no representation made them angry. This act is also linked to the Boston Massacre because it was the last act passed before this event.
Those who appealed to British citizens were also ignored, despite their “common kindred”. After several tries, he and many others believed that they had no choice but to declare independence. While they are trying to keep a peace within the nation, some of the British and even colonists, have thrown up their noses at Jefferson for being a slave holder. The King even wanted these slaves to “bear arms against their country” and to “become the executioners of their friends and brethren.” That because Jefferson owned slaves he was in the wrong entirely. Thomas Jefferson clearly shows through The Declaration of Independence that liberty and a legitimate government is important, as well as, giving men equal opportunity.
Communication in the 1830’s was mostly verbal, so how where they supposed to find out about this act if most either couldn’t read or lived in areas hard to reach? In the text, Kelly describes how “all this occurred in a time of no television, radio, telephones, few towns and newspapers”. In my opinion, the Maka’ainana are the victims of this arbitrary distribution of territory. The king should not have allowed the privatization of the land in the first place. And in second place, as Marion Kelly states, “the laws, and the methods by which they were administered, not only were inadequate to protect the rights of the commoners, but they often permitted and intensified the oppressive control over commoners”.
Charles was an advocate of the Divine Right of Kings and as his subjects; we feared that he was attempting to gain absolute power. He totally ignored the Magna Carta and showed no respect on ruling lawfully. Charles invaded the House of Common and tried to murder the leader of H.O.C. He also forced people to pay money only for his own needs. Why do we need a king that’s so selfish and disrespectful to rule our country?
One would be the fact that Britain had just won a war against France and was imposing high taxes on the colonists in order to pay for it. But the colonists who had to pay the taxes didn’t have a say in any negotiations regarding these high taxes, and resented that fact. All of the colonies were in the same boat when it came to taxes and representation, and the first group to join together across all of the colonies was the Sons of Liberty, a group that acted almost like a political party and was comprised of mainly the middle class. They stood for the boycotting of trade and had a lot of anger towards the rich British, which sort of added fuel to the fire. Protests arose, and led to the Boston Massacre, where five protestors were killed.
One of the main reasons that the Revolution started in the first place was because of the Stamp Act that the King(George III) imposed. This made it so people had to pay a tax on all written documents. There was an uproar in the colonies, because the people felt that they were receiving less protection, less governing, and more taxes. People like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Ben Franklin felt that this was unfair, and thus the revolution began. Thomas Paine, a man who spread the ideas of the Revolution around the Colonies, said of the Loyalists: “Interested men, who are not to be trusted; weak men, who cannot see; prejudiced men, who will not see; and a certain set of moderate men, who think better of the European world than it deserves.
The colonists couldn’t afford to pay many of the taxes imposed by Britain, and thought that they were unfair and unreasonable. For example, The Stamp Act taxed pretty much everything, like newspapers, bonds, leases, deeds, college diplomas, and even playing cards. Because of the colonists extremely opposition against this act, the British finally repealed it in 1766, but it didn’t take them long enough to replaced with the Declaratory Act. It stated that Britain had full authority to impose whatever taxation they wanted to. Another act that directly affected the colonist was the Quartering Act of 1765, requiring all colonists to provide provisions and housing, which could be the use of inns and empty buildings by the British troops under any circumstances.
Another interesting point is that the encomienda grant did not give the Spaniard the right to exercise any political authority over the Indians. However, these distinctions were very difficult to enforce, because there was an ocean between the rulers making the laws and the colonists in charge of the natives. As time went on, the conquerors of New Spain came to expect the encomiendas as their reward, so the practice became an institution and eventually became tradition to divide new
U.S.A. Patriot Act The founding fathers believed in civil liberties and paid the price for freedom. Freedom isn’t earned, it’s fought relentlessly and passed down for a new generation to be able to know what it’s like to be free. Is freedom a right or a privilege? Very few people can pay for it let alone handle it, it’s something that cannot be on a fine line or in between, you either have it or you don’t. I believe we take advantage of it because we are used to it and no one has been able to take it away from us, most of the people in the U.S. probably don’t know their full rights, the rights people before them died for in order to keep the future secure.