A Long Trainof Abusesand UsurpationsThe Causes of theAmerican RevolutionUSHC 1.2Analyze… the conflict between the colonial legislaturesand the British Parliament over the right to tax thatresulted in the American Revolutionary War.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate thatGovernments long established should notbe changed for light and transient causes;and... that mankind are more disposed tosuffer, while evils are sufferable, than toright themselves by abolishing the formsto which they are accustomed. But when along train of abuses and usurpations…evinces a design to reduce them underabsolute Despotism, it is their right, it istheir duty, to throw off suchGovernment…
NOTE: The colonists did not want to berepresented in Parliament, where theirrepresentatives could have beenoutnumbered. They believed that onlytheir representatives in their own coloniallegislatures could legitimately tax them.
Such has been the patientsufferance of these Colonies...Thehistory of the present King ofGreat Britain is a history ofrepeated injuries andusurpations, all having in directobject the establishment of anabsolute Tyranny over theseStates.