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Pamphlet, Townshend's Revenue Act, 1767

Pamphlet, Townshend's Revenue Act, 1767

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In 1767 Parliament passed new duties on goods imported into the colonies that were known as the Townshend Acts. The new legislation also made law enforcement more independent of colonists’ own ideas of what was just and fair. It appointed officials to enforce the law, provided them with broad authority to search private stores, and established courts without colonial juries to try disputed cases. Parliament rejected colonial claims that law enforcement, like lawmaking, needed to be accountable to colonial opinion.
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paper (overall material)
buff, black (overall color)
overall open: 12 1/4 in x 15 1/2 in; 31.115 cm x 39.37 cm
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Colonial Life
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Political and Military History: Political History, General History Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
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National Museum of American History
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National Museum of American History
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