Unit 3 Essay: Debate Over Taxation and Representation

Focus Questions
Discuss the following questions in your essay for both perspectives:

  1. British perspective: According to the documents that support the British position (Declaratory Act, Soame Jenyns and Samuel Johnson), what is the relationship of the colonies to Great Britain? What rights and authority does Great Britain have over the colonies?
  2. American perspective: According to documents supporting the American position (Resolutions of the Stamp Act Congress, The Rights of the British Colonists Asserted and Proved), what rights belong to the colonists? How do they view the relationship between the colonies and Great Britain?

Directions

Your essay should be a minimum of 2 pages, and you should spend AT LEAST one page discussing each position (one page discussing the British perspective and one page discussing the American perspective.

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