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Tourtellot, Arthur B. Lexington and Concord: The Beginning of the War of the American Revolution. W. , 2000. , and Calvin C. Jillson. Congressional Dynamics: Structure, Coordination, and Choice in the First American Congress, 1774–1789. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 1994. W. Brands’s The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, chapters 24 through 26. Introduction Once the revolution had begun, the Continental Congress attempted to take advantage of Franklin’s international reputation to drum up support for the American cause.
Santa Barbara, CA: Capra Press, 1987. Schlereth, Thomas J. The Cosmopolitan Ideal in Enlightenment Thought, Its Form and Function in the Ideas of Franklin, Hume, and Voltaire, 1694–1790. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1970. W. Brands’s The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, chapter 6. Introduction Franklin’s alliance with the French guaranteed that the United States wouldn’t lose the war quickly, but it didn’t guarantee that the new country would win. The Americans remained painfully short of cash, munitions, and ships.
It was designed to hit Britain where it hurt, in the ledger book. 38 ii. Boycotts weren’t self-enforcing; again, dissenters were intimidated. B. Radical tactics worked. 1. In 1766, Parliament repealed the Stamp Act. 2. But it also passed the Declaratory Act, affirming the right of Parliament to tax the colonies. C. In 1767 Parliament approved a new set of taxes, called the Townshend duties, after Charles Townshend. 1. Americans paid less in taxes than other British citizens. 2. British perception was that their debt was a result of defending the colonies.