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: In 1772 the London government changed the way high royal officials in Massachusetts were paid. It sought to wrest power and a form of control from the colonial legislature by demanding that these officials be paid, not from appropriations by the General Court, but from customs revenues. This reawakened American anger and resistance as the payment of salaries was thought to be one way the colonials could keep the Governor and judges in line.

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