American Documents

  • English Bill Of Rights

    Whereas the late King James the Second, by the assistance of divers evil counsellors, judges, and ministers employed by him, did endeavour to subvert and extirpate the protestant religion, and the laws and liberties of this kingdom. By levying money for and to the use of the crown, by pretence of prerogative, for other time, and in other manner, than the same was granted by parliament.
  • the stamp act

    In the British colonies and plantations in America, towards further defraying the expenses of defending, protecting. The new tax was imposed on all American colonists and required them to pay a tax on every piece of printed paper they used. The actual cost of the Stamp Act was relatively small. What made the law so offensive to the colonists was not so much its immediate cost but the standard it seemed to set. Few colonists believed that they could do anything more than grumble and buy the stamp
  • Townshend Duties

    The taxes that were imposed by the Townshend Acts of 1767 were important because they helped to reignite anger in the colonies against England. Hoping to enhance his political career, he tackled the pressing problem of imperial finance. Riots in England convinced him that tax relief was needed at home, but he hoped to reduce the national debt by imposing taxes in the colonies. These laws, called the Townshend Acts, imposed duties on the importation of such articles as lead, glass, paint, tea.
  • Bosten Massacre

    In October 1768 to enforce the heavy tax burden imposed by the Townshend Acts. A squad of British soldiers, come to support a sentry who was being pressed by a heckling, snowballing crowd, let loose a volley of shots. Three persons were killed immediately and two died later of their wounds; among the victims was Crispus Attucks, a man of black or Indian parentage. The British officer in charge, Capt. Thomas Preston, was arrested for manslaughter, along with eight of his men.
  • The Tea Act

    The act was not intended to raise revenue in the American colonies, and in fact imposed no new taxes. As the tea became to price and the taxes were already forced. This situatoin led to a bosten tea party. the decited to domp the tea in the ocean. The direct sale of tea, via British agents, would also have undercut the business of local merchants.THe taxt of the tea act follows below.
  • 1st Continental Congress

    The first Continental Congress met in Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia, From September 5, to October 26, 1774. It was also the seat of the Pennsylvania Congress. On October 14, the Declaration and Resolves established the course of the congress, as a statement to all of the colonies. Congress voted to meet again the following year if these grievances were not attended to by England.Several days later, On the 20th, came the Association by england goods.
  • 2nd Continental Congress

    The Second Continental Congress met at the State House in Philadelphia. On the second congress all the thirteen states got togerther and elected George Washington as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. Americans now felt less and less like their English brethren. A statement of independence that concluded with the words, These United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States. They were fighing for what they were wating a really long time.
  • Common Sense Was Published (Thomas Paine)

    Paine was born in England in 1737 and worked as a corset maker in his teens. Later as a sailor and schoolteacher before becoming a prominent pamphleteer.Back in England he continued writting in sorpporting the revolution. This was made the most important piece of writing of the America Revolution. Paine's ability to write in plain language made his ideas accessible to colonists rich and poor. His writing was powerful, dramatic and often scathing especially when describing the monarchy.
  • Declaration of Independence

    On 4th of july the the declaratoin of independence was sined. They were fighting for there independence for may years intell the 4th of july they sined there indepennce. The original Declaration is now exhibited in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom in Washington, DC. It has faded badly, largely because of poor preservation techniques. And now in days we all still celebrate 4th of july. The declaration of independence will always be a big thing in history and all over the united state.