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  1. Jon says

    So, the people in the British colonies weren’t afforded the same rights as people living in Britain itself?

    (I’m pretty sure the Act of Union had gone through by the time of the American Revolution, anyway…)

    • The colonists felt like they weren’t. If you read the Declaration of Independence, it’s just a big long list of the rights that King George was supposedly violating in regards to the Colonies.

      • Well, it isn’t only that. The middle chunk is that, but it also includes things like the fact that he started paying colonial officers from the royal treasury so they wouldn’t be beholden to the colonial legislatures, abolishing common law in Quebec and returning it back to Civil law, burning down Portland, and telling slaves that they could be free if they joined the British army.

  2. I love the comment, “Soon there were more lawyers…” So, the problem with too many lawyers is an old one.

      • They all want to be wealthy and respected socially.
        Only so much meat to go around, so you pass more laws, make more hurdles, collect more fees…

        Keep the money rolling in.

        I.E., too many lawyers. Rephrased as, The Devil makes work for idle hands.”

  3. WJS says

    It may be worth mentioning that independence wasn’t the original goal, simply equality. When they said “no taxation without representation”, they weren’t upset about paying taxes, but that they didn’t have seats in parliament.

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