What happened to self rule- This isn't fair! The Navigation Acts were one thing- But this is ridiculous!
Alyssa Beavers, Caleb Honore, Kaylyn Boldman 3rd period

I thought that when the war was over things would get better, but I guess not! Parliament is taking over the 13 colonies. They needed to find a way to take control again! Britain is in major debt from the war, so now they are taxing colonists to get money to pay it off. Parliament also is passing many acts to gain money, which made the colonists frustrated because they did it without the colonists' consent. They passed the Sugar Act that put a three-cent tax on foreign refined sugar and increased taxes on coffee, indigo, and certain types of wine. Also, they passed the Stamp Act, which was a tax on any type of printed paper. Parliament thought that this was a good idea, but the colonists were mad. So the colonists protested by making petitions, having secret societies, and attacking custom officials. They also did some Boycotting, which means to abstain from buying or using any products from Britain. That tactic worked, the Stamp Act was repealed. Then parliament passed a new act called the Declaratory Act that was used to make sure people don't speak about the government in public. Also, they passed the Townshend Act that put taxes on numerous imports to the colonies. Because of this, the colonists started to smuggle goods from other countries. With that they passed the Writs of Assistance to enter homes and businesses to search for smuggled or illegal goods. The colonist believed that the Writs of Assistance went against there natural rights. Finally the Townshend Acts were repealed but the Tea Acts remained. Now they have to try and take back control over their colonies and stop all this taxing. (you used a "third person" point of view through out the whole paragraph, then on the last sentence , you changed it to a "first person" point of view)

Cj new and Elizabeth walker Period 6

Dear Editor,

The people of the 13 colonies are upset and enraged. You see, with the new law, also known as the Navigation Acts passed, Englishmen in the colonies feel as if their rights are being violated. As you know, the navigation act ensures that we cannot buy or sell products to other countries. England doesn't want us making money from other countries. Even if we do sell or buy from other countries, we still have a very large tax to pay.

We also believe that our self-rule policy is being violated as well. There were five acts recently passed. The Quebec Act, Quartering Act, Administration of Justice Act, Massachusetts Act, and the Boston Port Act. All of the acts are taxing us due to England being in debt. See? We feel as though our rights are being taken away, and this is the reason why. The people of the colonies want to have the same rights as England and we don't wish to be treated differently.

So please, Editor, publish this as an article in your newspaper! It would be extremely helpful! We need the people of the colonies to know whats REALLY going on. The good people don't deserve to be lied to and they need to know where the money they pay is going!

CJ and Elizabeth
Urbana, Ohio

Dear Editor:

Our problem over here is that the colonists don't want to pay our taxes and follow our new rules we have set for them. The whole purpose of the taxes and new rules is too gain money back for our country. Us Bristish Military are going to try to explain what the taxes are needed for, and why they need to be follow the rules and pay our taxes! We will probably be riding around the whole colonize and make speaches to diffrent towns, hopefully the will understand that all the money they spend and the rules the will be following is for there benifit.

The Navigation Act; It's a rule that we want all the colonists to stay to the right of the Appilation Mountions. The colonist are thinking " We just won all this land! We need to go and explore, get more resources. It's not fair for them to make this rule, we helped win the war too! " The British are thinking and the reason we made the rule is " All the people in the States are mad at us, The French and the indians. If we let them go all of the place it will cost our already in debt country to go into more debt shipping over more soliders to portect them and all. Once the all spread out over all the new land they become vonerable and easier to kill so it's to protect them, they need to relize it. "

The Stamp Act; The rule is that England was stamping every paper, so that there is a tax when the colonits by it. When the colonist by the paper from England, it creates more money that we can send to the other country's we owe money to from the war. The colonist think that the tax we are putting on paper products is going to other country's, in a way it is. But on the other hand it's helping our country out of debt and once we pay it all off we will be the strongest counrty in the world.

The Quartering Act; We were allowing British military Men to randomly live with colonist. We don't see why they would have a huge problem with this ? I mean an Army guy who could protect them from the French and the Indians were leaving at there house, if they were to get attacked in the middle of the night the army guy would most likely save them.

There for here are our reasons why we made the rules and taxes, and how we are going to try to improve the colonies out look on the new laws.


Annie T. and Kelsey L.

Landon corn, Sara clarke

The British started to end the self rule by making the Navigation Acts. The Navigation Acts were a set of laws that taxed the colonists when they traded on waters. It made them buy only British made ships and any products that the colonies needed had to go through British ports and taxed. They could only buy products sold by the British. This made self rule limited in trading. It also limited profits for the colonists by the British making money. They started to take away self rule in 1650- 1700s in the 13 colonies. The British did this to stop competition from the colonists. The way they did this was by voting on it in the Parliament without representing the colonists.