Access to History. Britain and the American Colonies 1740-89 by Alan Farmer

By Alan Farmer

The Access to History sequence is the most well-liked and relied on sequence for AS- and A-level historical past scholars. the recent titles mix the entire strengths of this well-loved sequence with a brand new layout and lines that let all scholars entry to the content material and learn abilities had to in attaining examination good fortune. layout positive factors include:

-AS questions and examination tips
-Definitions of key terms

-Summaries of key ancient debates

This booklet investigates the occasions which resulted in the British domination of the North American colonies in the course of its clash with France, and the ensuing tensions which this good fortune. It is going directly to learn the British regulations in the direction of the colonies and the way those laid the trail to American independence and, eventually, the structure. the level to which a revolution happened is analyzed, and the narrative concludes through taking a look at the effect of this independence on Britain and the USA. through the publication, key dates, phrases, and concerns are highlighted, and old interpretations of key debates are defined. precis diagrams are integrated to consolidate wisdom and knowing of the interval, and exam-style questions and information written through examiners for the AQA and Edexcel examination necessities give you the chance to strengthen examination talents.

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Her economy was expanding. Although more than half the British people were connected with farming, the Industrial Revolution was beginning to take effect, principally in the production of textiles, iron and steel. Cities like Birmingham and Manchester were rapidly growing. London, with 700,000 people, was the largest city in the world. 26 | Britain and the American Colonies 1740–89 The social situation British society was hierarchical. Great landowners dominated society and politics. The nobility and their relations filled most of the high offices, whether in the ministerial departments, church, navy or army.

By the end of October stamp distributors in Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia and Connecticut, fearing for their lives and property, had resigned. On 1 November a New York City crowd copied Boston, first raising effigies, this time of the devil and Lieutenant Governor Colden (the stamp distributor) and then breaking into Colden’s carriage house and burning his carriages and the effigies. Then it marched to a mansion occupied by Major James, a British officer, and destroyed it.

The crowd then went on to attack Hutchinson’s mansion. As the place was torn apart, he was lucky to escape with his life. There was, as historian Edward Countryman recognises, an element of class resentment in the destruction. Oliver and Hutchinson were unpopular, not just because they were seen as British minions, but also because they were wealthy. Social discontent was a latent ally of political rebelliousness. Indeed, many rich Bostonians feared that popular resentment at the Stamp Act had turned into an attack on property by the ‘rabble’.

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