America’s Founding, Ep. 3: Taxes & Abuse Of Power

Sarah Burns,

Release Date
July 8, 2016



The colonists got sick and tired of the increase in taxes and encroachment on their freedoms. It may have been the last straw
One major grievance colonists had against England is the one most people remember learning about in school: taxes. But the concern that radicalized the colonists was less about taxes per se, and more about power. In the decade before the revolution, Parliament passed a series of new, unprecedented taxes on colonists to try to pay down their debt from the French & Indian War. In doing so, they were claiming powers to directly tax and control the colonies in a way they had never done before. Prof. Sarah Burns explains how this was perceived as a pattern of steady encroachment on freedom, as colonists became afraid that these increased powers would become permanent.

America’s Founding On Demand Program: Sarah Burns runs through the context and implications of the Revolutionary War, with questions and discussions to test your knowledge. 
Tea, Taxes, and The American Revolution: Crash Course World History #28 (Youtube Video): John Green talks about taxation as it relates to the American Revolution.