Why did the colonies oppose the sugar act

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  • why did the colonies oppose the Sugar Act
    • American Suspicions
      • Britain was taxing Americans who were under-represented in parliament
      • Convinced they needed guard from expansion attempts
      • Americans concerned with old whig issues of resisting arbitrary power*
        • Upholding popular rights and defending the integrity of representative institutions
      • were suspicious of the British army in America
    • Influence of John Wilkes
      • John Wilkes criticized the king and accused ministers of being corrupt
        • "tools of despotism and corruption"
      • British government trampling on British and American liberties
    • American opposition in 1764
      • most Americans complied which gave Grenville confidence to proceed with the stamp tax
      • James Otis (influential pamphier) in 1764 "the rights of this British colonies asserted and proven" and criticized the aggression towards the colonies from  Britain
    • American reaction
      • the enforcement of  customs legislation challenged the colonial legal system
      • 1765- 9 colonial assemblies argued that parliament abused it's power by introducing sugar act. Unity of the colonies.
      • they were going through an economic depression when the currency act was passed.
        • Deflationary effects of the currency act threatened American' with ruin.


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