Following the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763), many Britons resented the human and financial cost of the war and looked to the colonies for partial reimbursement. To this end, Britain passed the Stamp Act in 1765, which levied a tax on paper, and beginning in 1767, the Townsend Act, which taxed imported tea, lead, and other products. Colonial printing presses quickly decried these taxes as unfair and rebuked the general economic interference in colonial life by lawmakers in London. The American Patriots employed a rhetoric of virtue, natural rights, and liberty to enflame the popular colonial conscience with the conviction that they were being used unjustly.
Kershner, Jon R.
"Anthony Benezet's (1713-1784) Revolutionary Rhetoric: Slavery and Sentimentalism In Quaker Political Remonstrance,"
Quaker Religious Thought: Vol. 130
, Article 2.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/qrt/vol130/iss1/2