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The American Revolution

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Parent Issue
Day
1
Month
August
Year
1902
Copyright
Public Domain
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The leeture given by Prof. McLaughlin in Sarah Cflswell Angelí hall Thursday of last week was laxgely attended, in spite of the threaieuing weatlier. Prof. McLaughlin is a fine hlstory student and told most interestingly of the causes of the American revolution. He spoke of tlie corrupt conditions of politics in England at the time of the trouble with her colouies in this country. George III was a perfectly reekless monarch and bis sole ainbition was to raise himself to a most exalted position, but bis designs were rendered futile by a colony -who defied bim. The parllanreot at this time was eoinposed of dissoiute men, entirely void of any sense of honor and were open to bribes of any sort. It is reported tbat a department was actua.Uy opened where these bribes were pald. Seats in parliament were offered tor sale sliamelessly and bargained for ■openly. The government was based on hypocrisy and was in 110 position to confront the problems which faced the English people. The ruother country made laws whieh the colonists considered to be against their rights and resented theni aecordingly and finally disregarded them entirely. England forbade her eolonists to trade with the French "West Indies. This law wp.s entirely disregarded by the. oolonists who depended greatly on the silgar from these islands, also on the rum which was a great commodity of numetary value in trade with the Indians. England tried in every way to keep down manufacturing interests in the colonies for this spirit of progress was a rnenaee to the manufactories of England In that they were unable longer to place their goods in America. The sugar act was re-enacted in 1774 and roused the ire of the entire colony. The levying of the stamp act was the last straw. The act which was passed thoughtlessly by a sleepy parliament in England was met in the colonies by wide awake Americans. It met -ts flrst opposition from the Virginia colony and then Massachusetts took decisive steps Dy calling a congress of the colonists, whodeclared their rights as Englishmen most strenuously.. They declared that since they had no representaron Ui parliament, no taxes could be Jevied except by their own legislature. Eng■ land. with true British obstinacy, refused' to take back any of its unjust acts and thus the war was precipitated. The leeture was teeming with interesting anecdotes and facts which were aew to many of those in the audience.