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In the years between 1754 and 1774 the relationship between the American colonies and Great Britain soured tremendously These tensions were caused by an onslaught of events that kept separating the colonies from Britain Some of these events were the Stamp Act the Quartering act of1765 the Currency Act of 1764 and the rejection of the Albany plan Extensive documentation related to the events and American propaganda against Britain expose how Britains extensive abuse of the colonies led to the hostilities of the American Revolution The Stamp Act which was a tax on all documents processed by the colonial government in order to help pay for the expenses of defense was a major cause of discontent of Americans towards Britain Document G states that the stamp act was supposed to require any citizen to pay three pence on any parchment piece of paper declaration or any copy thereof passed through in any court of law in the American colonies The image in Document H uses a skull and crossed bones which synonymous of bad and evil to depict the distraught the Stamp Act The editors of the image believed that the Stamp Act was a threat to their liberties Document I is a formal response from the Stamp Act Congress to Parliament stating that it was the Americans opinion that this act was not respecting their essential rights and liberties In this document the congress outlines the privileges they had by being colonial subject of them The document specifically mentioned the right to trial by jury the fact they were not represented in the House of Commons and that Englishmen should not be taxed without their own consent among others The Stamp Act Riots in New York in 1765 examined in Document J These riots were a prime of example of the distraught the Stamp Act caused The document states that about 5000 people of New York attended the burning of the stamps Although
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