Document-2:Virtual Representation (1775)
Lord Bute aiming a blunderbuss at a man representing colonial America. A member of Parliament, pointing at the American colonist, tells Lord Bute “I give you this man’s money for my use”. The American colonist responds by saying “ I will not be robbed”. In the upper right is the town of Boston burning.
DOCUMENT 3: Thomas Paine Makes the Case for Independence: Common Sense , January 1776. For this document, please read DOCUMENT 7-1 in Reading the American Past: Selected Historical Documents, Volume 1: To 1877 .
DOCUMENT 4: The Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776, For this document, please read the Declaration of Independence in The American Promise, Volume 1: To 1877.
1. What events during the period of 1763 – 1775 had led to the conflict between colonial America and Great Britain ? (Briefly, summarize these events) Document 1
2. How does the print of Virtual Representation 1775 represent the growing feeling among some American colonist toward the actions of the Crown and Parliament in Great Britain? Document 2
3. What arguments and justification did Paine and Jefferson give for independence? How did Paine and Jefferson use the concepts of equality, reason and nature to Criticize the legitimacy of monarchical government and British control of the colonies? Documents 3 and 4.