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WRITING ASSIGNMENT # 2A: The Stamp Act Resolutions and Declaratory Act
After the British
success in the French and Indian War, relations between the colonists
and the mother country started to deteriorate. Britains attempt to
tighten control over its colonial empire and to finance its
administration by imposing new taxes aroused American resentment.
Colonial opposition to British policies eventually led to armed
Review the relevant sections in Chapter 6.
Read the following documents:
Document 1: The Stamp Act Resolutions
Document 2: The Declaratory Act of 1766
If you are interested
in reading the Resolutions transcript full transcript of the
Declaratory Act, you will find them on the previous page.
As you read each
document identify and be prepared to discuss the information that
addresses the following points. Keep in mind that answering the
following questions does not constitute an essay. This information must
be incorporated into your essay.
Document 1 is an extract from the Resolutions that were passed by the Stamp Act Congress in 1765. Note, these are not the Virginia Resolves
presented by Patrick Henry to the Virginia assembly, although reading
and comparing the two may help you in your discussion. You are being
asked to Note the line of argument.
In order to do this, you must examine each statement separately and determine what the colonist are proposing/arguing.
The next step is to
identify how each statement that follows is related to the preceding
statement. How are they being used to validate/argue for the view,
opinion, or rationale being presented in each statement?
Document 2 is an excerpt from the Declaratory Act of 1766, passed by Parliament.
Note the tone of
the document. According to their statements, what is the relationship
that exists between the crown and the colonies?
What are they prepared to do to enforce that relationship?
Write a well-organized essay, a minimum of 700 words
(but not limited to), including supporting details from the
documents/textbook/other sources in which you analyze and discuss the
material that has been assigned by addressing the following questions:
Discuss the main
arguments that the colonists are presenting to Parliament, how they
support those arguments, and how these resolutions reflect the attitudes
toward local affairs developed during the preceding century.
Discuss how
Parliament refutes American claims, and how the Declaratory Act reflects
the English view on the nature of empire, as opposed to the view held
by most colonists.