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On the Stamp Act, Declaration of Independence, and much more
Point of View Patroit, John Adams
I, as a Patriot, saw the stamp act as unnecessary. It was unnecessary because we had to pay extra taxes when we bought paper products such as legal documents, newspapers, and even playing cards. The other Patriots and I had to suffer through these payments. We also thought that the stamp act was not a fair law. We showed them that by forcing the tax collectors out of town. Also, the other Patriots and I boycotted (see power words close to the bottom of the page) the products that they were taxing us on such as, all different types of paper. We also created the Sons of Liberty, which was a group of men that held meetings to talk about how the British were not being fair. That’s where “No Taxation without Representation” came in. We chanted this because the colonists and I complained that the stamp act taxes were not right.
I got taxed on this even if I just wanted to play a fun little game.
Even if I wanted to just simply read the latest news I would have to pay taxes.
If you had an important thing and you need a document then you would have to pay taxes.
Editorial of a loyalist
I, as a Loyalist, was loyal to the king and saw the stamp act as a fair tax, and that Britain had the right to tax the colonies. I saw the stamp act as just another tax that was paying for our defense. Also the 7 years of war were costly and it does not just rain money. Britain needed some type of solution to find money from the war that they had battled for 7 years. I as a loyalist worked for the crown.
What I mean for "I as a loyalist worked for the crown" is because I agree with the king that it is right to tax. That is just a fancy way of saying that I agree with what the government is doing.
The Costly War
This is a picture of what the war looked like that cost the British a lot of money. Since the British needed all of this money, a way that they raised it was by the stamp act.
Important Principles on the Declaration of Independence
Talk About Taxation from a Patroit's point of view
A: I thought of the Townsend acts as unfair. I thought this because even though Britain needed money to pay back the money from the war they do not have the right to tax us on things that we might need.
Q: When you say things that we need what exactly is the stuff that you need?
A: We need things such as paper, wool, glass, paint, and lead. We need these tools to live an everyday life.
Q: What was the purpose of Britain taxing the colonists?
A: Britain is taxing us because they need money that they owe to pay off their war. In my opinion and a lot of others, it is not OK for them to get their money this way.
Q: Why did you choose to be a Patriot rather than a loyalist?
A: I chose to be a patriot because I did not like how Britain felt like they had the right to tax us just so they could pay off their debt. They did this by taxes that we call the Stamp Act, the Townsend Acts, and taxing us on tea.
Q: Thank you for joining me on Q&A.
A: Thank you for having me.
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