America’s Founding: Taxes & Abuse of Power – Learn Liberty

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lass=”” >The colonists got sick and tired of the increase in taxes and encroachment on their freedoms. It may have been the last straw. Learn More:

One major grievance colonists had against England is the one most people remember learning about in school: taxes. But the concern that radicalized the colonists was less about taxes per se, and more about power. In the decade before the revolution, Parliament passed a series of new, unprecedented taxes on colonists to try to pay down their debt from the French & Indian War. In doing so, they were claiming powers to directly tax and control the colonies in a way they had never done before. Prof. Sarah Burns explains how this was perceived as a pattern of steady encroachment on freedom, as colonists became afraid that these increased powers would become permanent.


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