The Causes Of The Revolution:

STAMP AND CURRENCY ACT

American Revolution:

The American Revolution was a political dispute that took place between the colonists and the British. They fought over the taxation of goods and many other things. For example, The Sugar Act was the taxation of molasses. The Currency Act was the Act of prohibiting paper money. The Sugar and Currency Act are the cause of Revolution because the British taxed many items and goods.

Pictures Including Primary Sources and Others:

The pictures below are two primary sources and others:

-This is a primary document regarding The Sugar Act. The "exclusive Right of the People"(Otis 1). This quote can show how the rights of the people were presented.

-This is a primary source about the Currency Act (Regni 1).

-This picture is the dispute between the colonists and the British after the Sugar act was passed.

The Sugar Act

“Prime Minister George Grenville hoped to make the American colonists pick up their share of the tax burden, and Parliament responded by passing the Sugar Act in 1764..."(Stamp Act Congress 1). This act did not long tax the colonists on sugar and molasses, it put a dent on smuggling (The Sugar Act 1). The New England Merchants would smuggle many goods that were being transported. This led to even more of a dispute between American Colonists and the British. The purpose of the act was to raise revenue and enforce customs law (Sugar Act (1764) 1). This act completely caused destruction worsened trade, which was a major key to the colonial time.

The Currency Act

The Currency Act was when the British government absolutely prohibited the American Colonists from printing money. That from and after the first day of September, one thousand seven hundred and sixty four, no act, order, resolution, or vote of assembly, in any of hisMajesty's colonies or plantations in America, shall be made, for creating or issuing any paper bills..." (Currency Act (1764) 2). This is from political, government, and court documents regarding the tax of currency. In Primary Source 2, it shows how George Grenville reacts.

How this led to the Revolution...

These two taxes (Currency and Sugar Act) were intolerable. Britain was taxing many unnecessary things and continued to rise after these Acts. Personally, I believe if these two Acts did not happen, the American Revolution would not have occurred. Things and events such as The Sons of Liberty, Boston Massacre, and many more events would have not happened. The Sugar Act and The Currency Act left a huge impact and were the reason the Revolution happened.

Research Log:


1.Source: http://www.theamericanrevolution.org/eventdetail.aspx?event=47

"Sugar Act (1764)." American History. ABC-CLIO, 2015. Web. 7 Dec. 2015.


Summary/ How it relates to the project:

This source, is very reliable. It shows valuable information about the Sugar Act. It has one primary source that can be use. It has a quote or two that I can use. “Passed by the British Parliament in 1764, the Sugar Act was a reconfiguration of the tax on sugar and molasses and indicated that the British government was taking a heightened interest in colonial affairs after decades of seeming indifference” I can use this quote to introduce the sugar act.


2. Source: http://americanhistory.abc-clio.com/Search/Display/298837?terms=the+sugar+act

"The Sugar Act." The Sugar Act. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2015.


Summary/ How it relates to the project:

This source thoroughly describes the sugar act. Every detail is included. I really liked this source because it has a lot of information. “For every pound weight avoirdupois of such foreign indigo, six pence” This is just one example of what was taxes and how it was taxed. This website is very useful and I can use it for a lot of information in my project.


3. Source: http://americanhistory.abc-clio.com/Search/Display/253591?terms=sugar+act

"Stamp Act Congress." American History. ABC-CLIO, 2015. Web. 7 Dec. 2015.

Summary/ How it relates to the project:

This source includes the stamp act congress. I can use the quote, “Prime Minister George Grenville hoped to make the American colonists pick up their share of the tax burden, and Parliament responded by passing the Sugar Act in 1764 and the Stamp Act of 1765.” I can use this quote to describe the relationship with the Prime Minister. I will use it for the sugar act section.


4. Source: http://www.masshist.org/revolution/sugar.php

Massachusetts Historical Society. "The Sugar Act." Coming of the American Revolution: Sugar Act. Massachusetts Historical Society, 2008. Web. 07 Dec. 2015.

Summary/ How it relates to the project:

I love this source! It is a primary source with some really good information. Also, for most of the quotes it shows where the primary source. It is really great for quoting and the secondary info is extremely reliable.


5. Source:http://www.masshist.org/revolution/doc-viewer.php?old=1&mode=nav&item_id=248


Otis, James. "Coming of the American Revolution: Document Viewer." Coming of the American Revolution: Document Viewer. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2015.


Summary/ How it relates to the project:

This source is a great primary document about the sugar act. The "exclusive Right of the People" There is many quotes I can use to support my thesis. This is just one. “ James Otis, a Boston lawyer and Massachusetts legislator, composes a pamphlet entitled Rights of the Colonies Asserted and Proved. If the colonists are not directly represented in Parliament, he argues, then Parliament has no authority to tax them.” This is describing the sugar act.


6. Source:http://www.masshist.org/revolution/doc-viewer.php?old=1&mode=nav&item_id=244

Regni, Anno. "Coming of the American Revolution: Document Viewer." Coming of the American Revolution: Document Viewer. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2015.


Summary/ How it relates to the project:

This source is about the Currency Act. It is a primary source. This is another reason the American Revolutionary happened.


7. Source: http://americangovernment.abc-clio.com/Search/Display/1356495?terms=The+Currency+Act

"Currency Act (1764)." American Government. ABC-CLIO, 2015. Web. 9 Dec. 2015.