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The 5 Complaints Mentioned in the Declaration of Independence
Transcript of The 5 Complaints Mentioned in the Declaration of Independence
Declaration of Independence
I find that the first selfish thing the British did was in the early 1760's, when they imposed taxes on the colonists without their consent. The colonists then ordered no taxation without representation. I chose this as my first complaint because the colonists had to use their own money to pay for the British governments debt for The French and Indian war.
In my opinion the third most important complaint was "He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures." This means that when the war was in a time of peace the colonists inferred that the British troops were going back to Britain. They didn't though, lots of troops stayed in America. In fact most stayed at the colonists' houses for free.
The lowest ranked out of the 5 complaints to me was when the British cut off trade with all parts of the world. England only allowed the colonies to trade with them. They clearly did not want to trade with just the British. Therefore they had to improvised by making their own clothes, tools, growing their own food etc. There was a bright side of this complaint though. The colonies became reliant on each other, which brought them closer together.
By Mariah Dokken
Another unjustified thing the British did was depriving them in many cases, of the benefit of trial by juries. For example during the sugar act colonists smuggled goods that had taxes on them (so that they didn't have to pay). Well the British obviously didn't like that. So instead of colonists having their own trial the British just arrested them. They didn't give the people a chance to prove if they were innocent or not.
The fourth complaint to me is, "He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people." For example in 1768, the Representative Assembly of Massachusetts sent a letter to the King and his parliament. It was about making the law disappear about the British restricting America. I put this as the fourth one because the individual rights of the people are necessary in a free and democratic society. Without them America wouldn't be what it is today.
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