HISTORY

2. The Declaration of Independence asserts, “When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce [a people] under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such a government and to provide new guards for their future security.” Trace out the radicalization of American politics from 1763-1776. How did colonists move from the relatively conservative reaction to the Stamp Tax in 1764 to the extreme positions taken in Thomas Paine’s Common Sense and the Declaration of Independence in 1776?In your answer make sure that you explain how and why the policies, events, and political ideas of these years brought thirteen diverse colonies together in a common cause against England. (For the Record, Chapter 4 [entire]; Give Me Liberty!, Chapter 5 pp.75-190, Blackboard “Posted Reading)

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