APUSH 7th Hour
Take Home Essay
September 13, 2008
The charges against the king in the Declaration of Independence were extremely valid and colonists had every right to make these charges. The King’s policies were having negative effects on the political, economic, and social life in the colonies. Politically, the colonists had no representation in the British Parliament. Economically, the king sanctioned taxes against the colonies in North America to pay for the French and Indian War. Britain also did not allow the colonies to trade with any other colony. Socially, the British disrespected and mistreated the Americas. The colonists used the Declaration of Independence to fee themselves of the tyranny and oppression of the British.
The colonists of North America were infuriated at the British because they had no say in the running of the empire. Americans did not have any representation in Parliament and it became a greater issue when colonists started getting taxed. The American colonists wanted to have their voices heard and have say in how the British empire was being ran. The British never did allow any officials from the Americas into Parliament and this angered colonists even more. The colonists in Massachusetts were finally not even allowed to have town meetings without leave of the governor as stated in the Massachusetts Government Act of 1774.
The economies of the colonies abundantly depended on trade. The British government would only allow the colonies to trade with the motherland and no other countries. The colonists wanted to trade with other countries to help improve their economies and wealth in the colonies. The British would not allow this because the British wanted to collect taxes on everything imported and exported in the colonies. Benjamin Franklin explained these taxes were not valid due to not consenting with the colonists. The British passed many tax acts that angered colonists. The British kept persisted with...