• Britain passed laws that infuriated
Americans – British wanted to keep Empire
• Stamp Act (1765) – Americans made to pay
small tax on goods and gov’t services.
• Tax was to pay the costs of defending the
• Americans did not have representation in
the British parliament – ‘no tax without rep’
• Protests and riots – tar and feather
• Tax was a disaster – repelled in 1766, but
not the tea tax.
The Bostonians Paying
the Excise-Man, 1774
print referring to the
tarring and feathering
Customs John Malcolm
four weeks after the
Boston Tea Party. The
men also poured hot
tea down Malcolm's
throat as can be seen.
• In a typical tar-and-feathers attack, the object of a
crowd's anger would be stripped to the waist (if not
below). Hot tar was either poured or painted onto
the person while he (rarely she) was immobilized.
• Then the victim either had feathers thrown on him or
was rolled around on a pile of feathers so that they
stuck to the sticky tar.
• Often the victim was then paraded around town on a
cart or a rail. The feathers would stick to the tar for
days, making the person's sentence clear to the
• The aim was to hurt and humiliate a person enough
to leave town and cause no more mischief.
Why would the Americans invade
Canada during the revolution?
• Canada was a British colony – threat to the
• For that reason, revolutionaries launched an
attack on Quebec. They hoped that the pop would
join with the other colonies.
• That did not happen because:
• 1.) difficult for 2 cultures who were at war to trust
• 2.) unlikely the English-speaking Protestants
would want to break from Britain.
Create a timeline
• The American Revolution
• Starting with the Quebec Act and ending with
the British leaving New York in 1783.
• Include dates, events, descriptions, and
• Define whenever possible.
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