Presentation on theme: "Loyalists. Thomas Hutchinson Occupation: governor of Massachusetts Action taken: enforced British laws like the Stamp Act. Wrote letters saying Britain."— Presentation transcript:
Thomas Hutchinson Occupation: governor of Massachusetts Action taken: enforced British laws like the Stamp Act. Wrote letters saying Britain should be more strict Argument against: – The king of England knew what was best for colonists because he had experience and was wise. – Colonies needed Britain to protect them. – Colonist could not govern themselves
Jonathon Boucher Occupation: priest in the Church of England Action taken: preached that disobeying the king was like disobeying God. Argument against: – A war for independence would hurt people much more than living with a few bad laws. – King’s power came from God, disobeying the king is like disobeying God. – British laws made life safer and better for the most colonists.
Lord Dunmore Occupation:governor of Virginia Action taken: attacked Patriots’ homes and plantations along the James River in Virginia/ Was tough on colonist, believing this would frighten the colonist into accepting British rule. Argument against: – Colonists had a duty to obey British laws and not become traitors. – Colonies needed Britain to protect them-this is why the colonies had the right to rule them and place taxes on them. – Britain knew what was best for the colonies. – Colonies were a part of Britain.
Benjamin Franklin Occupation: writer, printer, inventor, scientist, colonial representative to the British government Action taken: tried to persuade Britain to stop making laws that the colonists thought were unfair Argument for : – the colonists had the ability to govern themselves – He thought Britain would continue to make unfair laws – Colonists should no longer trust Britain
Mercy Otis Warren Occupation: writer Action taken: wrote plays and poems supporting independence Argument for: – Britain was too far away to understand the colonists’ needs and daily lives. – Britain’s laws and taxes were unfair- money was hard to earn for families. – Britain’s law did not allow women to take part in politics – Believed woman should have more rights
Samuel Adams Occupation: politician Action taken: organized the Sons of Liberty and led the Boston Tea Party to protest unfair British taxes/ Wrote newspaper articles, gave speeches, and organized town meetings. Argument for: –T–The colonists should be able to elect their own governors – Colonist should have the power to change unfair laws –C–Colonists couldn’t afford to pay such high taxes on British goods.