The Glorious Cause: The Stamp Act Crisis

4  The Stamp Act Crises While the colonists conducted operations against the duties on molasses, the most thoughtful among them worried about the possibility that still another tax would be levied on America. They owed the worry to George Grenville, who on March 9,...

Beginnings: From the Top Down

3  Beginnings: From the Top Down The English ministers who began tightening the screws on American smugglers in 1760 and who hoped to make the Americans pay a share of imperial burdens did not know the people they were dealing with—did not know them well, that is, and...

Children of the Twice-Born

2  Children of the Twice-Born English rigidities in government and in political imagination did not cramp the eighteenth-century American colonies. The colonies owed allegiance, and paid it, to the same king as England itself, but because their experience was...

The Obstructed Giant

1  The Obstructed Giant When George III acceded to the throne in 1760, his English subjects were singing with spirit once more. “Rule Britannia” burst from their mouths—words twenty years old (they originally formed a patriotic poem)—and they went like this: When...
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