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American Revolution
The Townshend Acts

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American Revolution

The Townshend Acts
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.18

     challenging words:    official, repeal, social, government, order, pamphlet, upper, goods, lead, particular, import, treasury, require, ship, against, accomplish
     content words:    Charles Townshend, King George III, New World, George III, Stamp Act, This Stamp Act, King George

The Townshend Acts
By Jane Runyon

1     Charles Townshend was an English government official. In order for Townshend to be included in the social life of the British upper class, he made himself a favorite of King George III. The best way to make yourself the favorite of a king is to support ideas that the king likes. Charles Townshend was able to accomplish this by proposing taxes to Parliament that would keep the colonists in the New World connected to the mother country, keep the poor citizens of England poor, and fill the treasury that the English government had allowed to get frighteningly low. King George III may have been the only person made happy by these actions.
2     In 1765, the House of Parliament passed a tax on every piece of printed paper the colonists used. This tax was levied to require the purchase of a stamp for each newspaper page, playing card, pamphlet, or advertisement the colonists used. The colonists called it the Stamp Act. They rebelled against it and treated the tax collectors badly. This Stamp Act was repealed one year later.

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