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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.

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.


Now you know about both sides, what side are you on? Do you think that Britain has the right to tax the colonists or do you think it is completely wrong?

Important Principles on the Declaration of Independence

One important principle of the Declaration of Independence is that it states that the colonists could become and remain peaceful. Another principle that the Declaration of Independence states is that you can contract partnerships with others. This principle helps you in your business. The last principle that the Declaration of Independence states is that you are allowed to trade with other nations or countries. Those are the important principles that the Declaration of Independence states.

Talk About Taxation from a Patroit's point of view

Q: What do you think of the Townsend acts?

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.

Power Word

Boycott: this is when people act together and refuse to use or buy a certain product.


Attention, if you are a patriot you need to start boycotting. You need to boycott items that are paper products, such as playing cards and newspaper. Remember don't buy the items that Britain is selling us. For more information contact people or things below.


Bennett, Linda, Jim Cummins, James B. Kracht, Alfred Tatum, and Willliam E. White. Pearson My World Social Studies Building Our Country. Boston: Pearson, 2013. Print.

"Declaration of Independence." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2014.

"Declaration of Independence." Ushistory.org. Independence Hall Association, n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2014.