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The Road to Revolution

September 15, 2011

Today in class we reviewed the policy of salutary neglect and the effect it had on the development of the colonies. The Proclamation of 1763 was the first of many attempts to regain control of the colonies. The focus for our document analysis was to search for clues of rising resentment that might spark a revolution.
The Paxton Boys documents give us insight to resentment about the Proclamation line.
The full text of the Stamp Act gives you a clear picture of just how burdensome the tax law was.
The Virginia Resolves are a sharp response to the idea of taxation from outside the colonial legislature.
As you read Thomas Paine’s Common Sense think about the common sense argument he presents. Put the elements of his argument in your own words.

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