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The Intolerable Acts



The Intolerable Acts
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 4 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.73

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     challenging words:    port, assembly, ordinary, unfair, punish, guilty, react, court, rebel, emergency, evidence, trouble, meeting, free, starve, angry
     content words:    Boston Tea Party, Intolerable Acts, South Carolina, Quartering Act, Thomas Jefferson, First Continental Congress, George Washington, Patrick Henry, Samuel Adams, King George III


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The Intolerable Acts
By Cathy Pearl
  

1     The Boston Tea Party was over. The colonists in Boston had ruined a lot of English tea. England would react very strongly. They passed a new set of laws. The new laws would punish Boston. The laws were known as the Intolerable Acts.
 
2     There were four parts to the new laws. The first part closed the port of Boston. No boats could go in or out. Even row boats were not allowed. The port would stay closed until the colonists paid for the tea.
 
3     People in Boston wrote letters to other colonists. The people thought they would starve. The colonists could not get food because the port was closed. The other colonies helped. They sent food to Boston. Rice came from South Carolina. Corn came from Virginia.
 
4     Second, a law was made about meetings. The people in Boston needed permission to have a town meeting. They could have one meeting. If they wanted another meeting, they needed to ask the governor. The governor could say no. That meant the colonists could not meet.

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