American Identity Before the Revolution

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But after the end of the war, Britain realized that it was not getting its fair share of the thriving American economy and decided it was time that the colonies pay for their own defense and return much needed revenue to the mother country. Britain began by ending their years of salutary neglect with a tax levied on the import of sugar and molasses caused concern amongst those in the rum business...
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Even though the tax itself was not above the one already in effect, Britain promised that this one would be much more heavily enforced. It wasn't until Britain put the Stamp Act into effect however, that the colonies became really concerned about their economic freedom. Its direct demand for revenue caused widespread colonial outrage, encouraged by the wealthy merchants, lawyers, and newspaper publishers whom it affected most...
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