The Pros And Cons Of The Intolerable Acts

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The Intolerable Acts were a series of laws passed by British Parliament in 1774 with the intent to suppress the colonial Boston. The series of laws closed the ports and placed it under martial law. The Sons of Liberty were a group of colonial protestors which issues a call for a boycott. Merchant communities were skeptical to participate unless everyone could mutually agree on terms and means to enforce the provisions. Pressure from the groups was quickly mounting, colonial legislatures empowered delegates to attend a Continental Congress where they would set up terms for a boycott. Philadelphia September 5, 1774, The Congress first met. With delegates representing each of the 13 colonies except for Georgia. By the Next month, Congress had come up with a Plan. October 20, 1774, The Articles of Association were adopted by Congress. The Articles of Association stated that if the Intolerable Acts were not repealed by December 1, 1774, the colonies began a boycott of British goods. Inside the Articles, there were outlined plans for an embargo on exports if the Acts were not repealed before September 10, 1775. Within the Articles of Association were fourteen different articles outline different topics. The article that affects Theater is Article 8 which states “and will discountenance and discourage every species of extravagance and dissipation, especially all horse-racing, and all kinds of games, cockfighting, exhibitions of shews, plays and other expensive diversions and

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