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APUS History DBQ

             By the eve of the American Revolution the colonies developed a sense of unity. They did"nt viewed themselves as Englishmen, but as citizens of a newly formed country in America. (Doc. F) There unity is shown through their ability too triumph repressive taxation, and persevere the idea that all men should have equal representation in government. The colonists" common political purpose and identity as Americans showed their unification towards the end of the revolution. .
             One of the ways the colonies were unified, was their ability to resist the taxation fromon them from Great Britain. The first of these taxes were passed by Parliament in 1764. They were the Sugar and Currency Acts. These acts were placed on the colonies, already in a state of depression. The colonies resisted these acts for many reasons. The Sugar Act changed the colonial systems of customs regulations and levied duties on foreign products. These acts were also established to prevent molasses trade witch was a big commodity in colonial trade. There was also the Currency Acts. The Currency Acts, outlawed all colonial paper money. This meant, that the colonists had no legal medium of exchange in the foreign market. The response of colonial governments was to protest these new acts. Eight different colonial legislatures sent petitions to Parliament in order to repeal these acts. These acts placed many limitations on colonial businesses, and were a burden to anyone in the colonies. Although the protests had little effect they continued for the removal of the acts.
             Next, was the Stamp Act. This act affected nearly every colonist, however it hit merchants and other elite the hardest. The Stamp Act was a tax on all paper items. Anyone, who bought, made a will, bought cards, or borrowed money had to pay. It also had to be paid in sterling, which was scarce. This act caused many oppositional parties to form. Their forms of resistance were shown in the Virginia Stamp Act Resolves.

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