Townshend Acts  
By Emily

After the Declaratory Act the Parliament still intended to raise money from the colonies.  In 1767 they passed another set of laws made to do just that. It was called the Townshend Acts.  It got it's name becuase of the man who wrote them.  These laws placed import taxes on paint, glass, lead, paper, and tea that came into America.

The money collected from the colonists would be used to pay British colonial officials.  The acts even allowed officials to gain writs of assistance, or blank search warrant.  Thanks to those laws, the officials could search anywhere for suspected smuggled goods.

The colonists again protested.  They even sent out petitions to Parliament.  Merchants and planters throughout the colonies signed nonimportation agreements. In the agreements they agreed to not import the items that were taxable.

The Sons of Liberty started a planned boycott.  During that time some concerned women in the colonies organized the Daughters of Liberty.  They signed pledges against drinking tea and put notices in the local newspapers saying they would not buy British- made cloth.

To keep the pledge and still get fabric for clothes, the Daughters of Liberty met at spinning clubs to spin, weave, and knit their own cloth. Wearing homemade fabric became an important symbol of American resistance against cruelity.


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McGranhan, Ronald. "Townshend Acts 1767." The American Revolution Home Page. The American Revolution Home Page. 30 Jan 2007 <McGranahan, Ronald. "Townshend Acts- 1767." The American Revolution Home Page. The American Revolution Home Page. 30 Jan 2007 . >.


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