Political theory of representative government, based on the principle of popular sovereignty, with a strong emphasis on liberty and civic virtue.
Economic theory that closely linked a nation's political and military power to it bullion reserves.
(1765) Widely unpopular tax on an array of paper goods, repealed in 1766 after mass protest erupted across the colonies.
Stamp Act Congress
(1765) Assembly of delegates from nine colonies who met in New York City to draft a petition for the repeal of the Stamp act.
(1765 and after) Boycotts against British goods adopted in response to the Stamp Act and, later, the Town-shed and Intolerable Acts.
Sons of Liberty
Secret societies formed to protest new taxes passed by Parliament. Led the Boston Tea Party and threatened tax collectors.
Daughters of Liberty
This orginization supported the boycott of British goods. They urged Americans to wear homemade fabrics and produce other goods that were previously available only from Britain. They believed that way, the American colonies would become economically independent.
(1766) Passed alongside the repeal of the Stamp Act, it reaffirmed Parliament's unqualified sovereignty over the Nth American colonies.
(1767) External, or indirect, levies on glass,white lead,paper, paint and tea, the proceeds of which were used to pay colonial governors, who had previously been paid directly bu colonial assemblies.
Committees of correspondence
(1772 and after) Local committees established across Massachusetts, and later in each of the thirteen colonies, to maintain colonial opposition to British polices through the exchange of letters and pamphlets.
Patriot leader and president of the Second Continental Congress; first person to sign the Declaration of Independence.
Appointed by King George III as the Prime Minister, he had the opinion that the colonists should obey the laws and pay a part of the cost of defending and administering the British empire; passed the Sugar and Stamp Acts.
Founder of the Sons of Liberty and one of the most vocal patriots for independence; signed the Declaration of Independence
government official, "Champagne Charlie", sponsored taxes for: lead, glass, paper, paint & tea, influenced parliament to pass the Townshend acts
Lawyer who defended British soldiers in the Boston Massacre trial. He believed in "innocent until proven guilty." In spite of these actions, he supported colonial independence.
Killed in Boston Massacre, black laborer, only African-American person killed in Boston Massacre
no taxation without representation
reflected the colonists' belief that they should not be taxed because they had no direct representatives in Parliament
British right to nullify any legislation passed by the colonial system if it went against Mercantalism
british governmental theory that parliament spoke for all british subjects, including americans, even if they did not vote for its members