King George III portrait

Process

Read and analyze each of the seven documents. Answer the questions related to each document on paper or using Microsoft Word.

Complete the Oppose or Support British Taxation graphic organizer.

  1. Magna Carta
    a. Why would the colonists use the Magna Carta to support their opposition to the Sugar Act?
    b. What ideas contained in the Magna Carta could be used to support colonial opposition to the Sugar Act?
    c. How did the Sugar Act contradict the rights guaranteed to all English subjects in the Magna Carta?
  2. Preamble to the Sugar Act of 1764
    a. How did the British justify the creation of the Sugar Act?
    b. What did the act tax?
    c. How much was the tax?
    d. If the same tax was applied today on a case of soda how much would the tax be?
  3. The Mayflower Compact 1620
    a. What does the document reveal about the Pilgrims attitude towards Great Britain? Cite specific examples.
    b. According to the document what was the purpose of the Mayflower Compact?
    c. What is the significance of the Mayflower Compact?
  4. The Works of Samuel Johnson
    a. How does Johnson feel about the relationship between (the mother country) Great Britain and (the colony) America?
    b. What is Johnson’s view on the British right to levy taxes in the colonies?
  5. Virginia Resolves
    a. Why does Henry assert that only the General Assembly has the “exclusive right to lay taxes?”
    b. What is Henry’s view on the British right to levy taxes?
  6. Virtual Representation
    a. Do you agree with the British response that the colonies can be represented by Parliament?
  7. British Seven Years War Debt
    a. Making reference to the document how might the British justify taxing the colonies?