Benjamin Franklin Explains the Stamp Act Protests to Parliament, 1766 by Peter Charles Hoffer

Benjamin Franklin Explains the Stamp Act Protests to Parliament, 1766

byPeter Charles Hoffer

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Benjamin Franklin Explains the Stamp Act Protests to Parliament, 1766 brings together a unique collection of primary source documents, organized and arranged as a dialogue, to examine the issues surrounding the Stamp Act. The selections - at the center of which is Benjamin Franklin'sexamination in Parliament on February 13, 1766 - are meant to be read as a continuous dialogue among leading colonists in America and politicians in England. While the individual documents were separated in time and space, here they are reconstituted as part of a consistent whole - a trans-Atlanticconversation about the nature of the empire, the rights of the colonists, and the powers of Parliament at a critical moment in American and British history. Some liberty has been taken in their editing in order to emphasize this conversational quality. A chronology preceding the documents indicatesthe sequence of their production, and a bibliographical essay at the end of the documents directs students to useful secondary sources.

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Peter Charles Hoffer is Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Georgia. He is the author of several books, including For Ourselves and Our Posterity: The Preamble to the Federal Constitution in American History (OUP, 2012) and Cry Liberty: The Great Stono River Slave Rebellion of 1739 (OUP, 2011).
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Title:Benjamin Franklin Explains the Stamp Act Protests to Parliament, 1766Format:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.59 inPublished:January 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: The Colonists Protest the Stamp ActChronologyThe Documents:A Stamp Act Proposed and PassedThe Stamp Act Defended and Protested, 1765The Debate on Repeal Begins, 1766The Examination of Benjamin Franklin, 1766The Declaratory Act of 1766Conclusion: Franklin in the Cockpit, 1773Bibliographical EssayEndnotes

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"An effective presentation of the paramount political issues that divided the American colonies from the British Empire." --John G. McCurdy, Eastern Michigan University