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Access to History. Britain and the American Colonies 1740-89 by Alan Farmer

By Alan Farmer

The Access to History sequence is the most well-liked and depended on sequence for AS- and A-level background scholars. the recent titles mix the entire strengths of this well-loved sequence with a brand new layout and lines that permit all scholars entry to the content material and research talents had to in achieving examination good fortune. layout good points include:

-AS questions and examination tips
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-Summaries of key historic debates

This e-book investigates the occasions which ended in the British domination of the North American colonies in the course of its clash with France, and the ensuing tensions which this good fortune. It is going directly to study the British guidelines in the direction of the colonies and the way those laid the trail to American independence and, finally, the structure. the level to which a revolution happened is analyzed, and the narrative concludes by way of the impression of this independence on Britain and the USA. in the course of the ebook, key dates, phrases, and concerns are highlighted, and old interpretations of key debates are defined. precis diagrams are integrated to consolidate wisdom and knowing of the interval, and exam-style questions and information written by way of examiners for the AQA and Edexcel examination standards give you the chance to strengthen examination abilities.

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42 | Britain and the American Colonies 1740–89 The American reaction News of the Stamp Act arrived in the colonies in April 1765. By the summer, it had produced an extraordinarily widespread and intense reaction. Whereas the Sugar Act had affected only New England merchants, the Stamp Act applied universally, antagonising some of the most influential groups of colonists – lawyers, printers and tavern-keepers. The first direct tax levied by Parliament upon the colonies, it was condemned as a dangerous and unjustified innovation.

You need to think of points which agree and others which disagree with the statement. Before you begin to write, decide whether, on balance, you agree or disagree and try to maintain your view through the answer so as to arrive at a substantiated judgement in the conclusion. You will need to comment on the nature of Britain’s imperial system, the allowance of some autonomy, the shared institutions, the community of economic interests and the underlying level of loyalty that cut through the differences between individual colonies.

Grenville’s Sugar Act, passed in April 1764 reduced the duty on foreign molasses from 6d a gallon to 3d. The Board of Customs 38 | Britain and the American Colonies 1740–89 commissioners advised Grenville that the revised duty, strictly enforced and rigorously collected, would yield £78,000 per year. The purpose of the 1733 Sugar Act had been to protect the interests of British West Indian planters. The purpose of the 1764 Act was essentially to raise revenue for maintaining troops. There was virtually no opposition to the Act in Parliament.

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