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When the thirteen colonies began the road to the revolution their political unity was weak However as Britain began to enforce more laws and taxes on the colonists their unity became strong as they fought for their independence The growth of political unity began with the Albany Congress of 1754 Their main purpose was to achieve a stronger unity between the colonies and reinforce the common defense against France Ben Franklins well-devised scheme adopted by the Albany delegates out of the 13 colonies delegates from only 7 showed up proved to be disappointing The individual colonies felt it didnt give them enough independence and England felt it gave the colonists too much Colonial unity began to grow at the end of the French and Indian War Britain felt that the colonies should help pay for part of the cost of war The existing laws of the Navigation Acts and Writs of Assistance were now being enforced thus ending salutary neglect In addition the Sugar Act of 1764 was passed This increased the duty on imported sugar Angry colonists protested this act and the duties were lowered along with their agitation Their resentment came back a year later when the dreaded Stamp Act was passed This act required the purchase of stamped paper certifying the payment of tax Outraged the colonists erupted with protests In order to get Parliament to repeal the Stamp Act the Stamp Act Congress was formed This brought together leaders from rival colonies signifying a step toward intercolonial unity The Congress urged a boycott of British goods until the act was repealed The nonimportation agreements spread throughout the colonies and for the first time the American people were united in common action In addition to this the Sons of Liberty was formed They violently took the law into their own hands Enforcing the boycott they tarred and feathered the violators and ransacked their houses Parliament reluctantly repealed the
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