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: Trying to devise a means of expressing their opposition to taxation without parliamentary representation, Britain’s North American colonists resorted to an old tactic which had worked during the Stamp Act crisis of 1765-1766: they stopped importing British goods. After the repeal of the Stamp Act and the Sugar Act, Parliament then turned right around and passed the Townshend taxes on commodities such as glass, paper and tea. The non-importation movement took a long time to catch on as merchants and traders were reluctant get involved in such a coercive campaign because it would hurt their business. Yet, by the summer of 1768 the circumstances in the colonies were gradually becoming more and more ominous.

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