Townshend Acts


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Townshend Acts

Townshend Acts, 1767, originated by Charles Townshend and passed by the English Parliament shortly after the repeal of the Stamp Act. They were designed to collect revenue from the colonists in America by putting customs duties on imports of glass, lead, paints, paper, and tea. The colonials, spurred on by the writings of John Dickinson, Samuel Adams, and others, protested against the taxes. The Boston merchants again boycotted English goods, the Massachusetts Assembly was dissolved (1768) for sending a circular letter to other colonies explaining the common plight, and British troops sent to enforce these laws and keep peace were involved in unpleasant incidents, notably the Boston Massacre. The boycott decreased British trade, and in 1770 most of the Acts were repealed, but retention of the tea tax caused the Boston Tea Party.
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Images of Jews became more complex after rebelling colonists were labeled Jews by the British and threatened with "public circumcision" if they continued to revolt against the Townshend Acts of 1767 (22).
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Britain's next step, under the guidance of Chancellor of the Exchequer Charles Townshend (26), was to enact five laws (27) collectively known as the Townshend Acts. Their natures were mixed, but their vital purposes were to raise revenue in the colonies to pay the salaries of governors and judges so that they would be independent of financial reliance on local legislatures, (28) and to increase the efficiency of trade regulations, including combating smuggling.
In 1767, Parliament responded to pressure to reduce taxes in England by passing the Townshend Acts. The Townshend Acts placed levies on all English glass, lead, paper, paint, and tea sold in America.
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