1.In The Parliamentary Debate, What Were The Primary Arguments

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1. In the Parliamentary debate, what were the primary arguments for and against enacting the Stamp Act? The debate started in order to oppose enactment of the Stamp Act which Americans believed was denying them the Englishman right. The Act was passed on 1765 by the British Government which imposed tax to all American colonists requiring them to pay tax on all printed papers they used. The act underwent parliamentary argument as a result of the theory of virtual representation. It was perceived like the England’s direct attempt to raise money in the colonies without colonial legislature approval would open the door for more troublesome taxation in the future. What made it offensive to the colonists was not on its immediate effect but…show more content…
He says that, “We are the mother country, let us be cautious not to get the name of stepmother” to imply that there was need for Americans to take caution so as not to be mistreated in their own land by the colonists. 4. Summarize the main arguments in America for and against the Stamp Act and, more generally, the authority of Parliament to tax the colonies. The American argument was based on the slogan, “no taxation without representation”. They argued that it is the right of the Englishmen to be taxed but should be by their own consent given through their representatives. They were against taxation without consent claiming that it was a violation of their rights as Englishmen. They claimed that American representatives would have been present in the parliament when the act was passed so as to give consent of the taxation. They were not represented in the parliament therefore they were just recipients of the virtual representation in parliament. They claimed that the act was annihilating their chapter right to tax and govern themselves. 5. What meaning did "taxation without representation" have for the colonists? Why did many British argue that the colonies were, indeed, represented in Parliament? The term “no taxation without representation” to the colonists summarizes their primary grievance of opposing taxation because of no representation in the British Parliament. They

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