In the years leading up to the American Revolution, both the British and the colonists used broadsides to influence public opinion. This broadside, “The Bostonian’s Paying the Excise-man, or Tarring & Feathering,” printed in London in 1774, is a British depiction of the Bostonians’ treatment of a British customs officer, John Malcom.
The Stamp Act, the Quartering Act, the Declaratory Act, the Sugar Act, and the Tea Act were just a few of the many policies Great Britain enacted in the British North American colonies in the eighteenth century. To many colonists these policies were oppressive and unjust since the colonists had no direct representation in Parliament. The British government felt that the colonists were protected by the British army and navy, and there was stability under a constitutional monarchy, which was more than other, longer-...
Was colonial America a democratic society?
Were the colonists justified in resisting British policies after the French and Indian War (1754–1763)?
Were the origins of the American Revolution primarily economic or ideological?
Were the colonists’ responses to the Stamp Act (1765) justified?
How did the Stamp Act Congress pave the road for American independence?
Is violence a sound strategy to bring about significant political and social change? (Case studies to help examine this question...