Sample Thesis Paper
The British victory gained in the Seven Year’s War had been a costly one for the Great Britain. In order to the offset the post war costs of the empire, Britain began taxing the colonies in America. The first tax imposed upon the Colonists was the Sugar Act of 1764. It was heavily objected by the colonists due to financial reasons (Dickinson). Thereafter when the Stamp Act was put into effect the following year, one of the individuals who protested against this act was then Mayor of Annapolis Daniel Dulany. In opposition to the Act Dulany, a lawyer from Maryland wrote a pamphlet “Considerations on the Propriety of Imposing taxes in the British Colonies.”
The document argued the taxation of the colonies with the representation of parliament. This was by law, against the constitution of Great Britain and thus illegal imposed on the American colonists. He said that the solution to the British debt could not come from the taxation of the colonies; rather it could be sound within the exclusion of huge salaries, dissolving illegal operations, shutting down useless areas and disbanding of pensioners which did not serve or did not serve the crown well. The significance of Dulany’s document lies in its provocative standing at the time. It is considered to be one of the reasons behind the opposition from the people towards the Stamp Act and in turn causing the American Revolution (Russell). Then the true question becomes however, how significant as this document truly? Was it a ripple in an ocean which went unnoticed or a huge splash in a pond leading to the freedom from the British?