Lead: In the 1700s the United States broke from England. No colony in history had done that before. This series examines America’s Revolution.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: John Dickinson’s Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania (1767) may have produced a sense of satisfaction among many in the colonies weary of conflict with Britain and anxious to do nothing, but in Boston, on the front lines of said conflict, they produced no such lethargy. It seemed as though the London authorities had fixed their attention on Massachusetts as the center-point of all things seditious in the colonies and many Bostonians were happy to return the compliment. The arrival of the newly designated Customs Commissioners added fuel to the flames of resentment already aroused by the passage of the Townshend import taxes on lead, paper, glass and tea. The dispatch of British troops to occupy the city virtually guaranteed an explosion.

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