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: For the royal officials responsible for governing Massachusetts and collecting those taxes on imports decreed by the London colonial establishment, the problem was not so much their day-to-day duties in the late 1760s, but the broader issue of collapsing royal and social authority in America. The maintenance of law and order seemed to be on the downward curve of a slippery slope. They were most alarmed by the attitude of Americans which conjured up visions of the anarchy that swept across Britain during the English Civil war in the previous century, prior to the restoration of royal rule and aristocratic dominance. Claims to have government by the people and mob rule seemed to prevail everywhere they looked and this endangered the survival of traditional forms of governing.

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