- A strong unified British empire is good for all.
- Colonists are British subjects and should obey British law.
- Taxes are due to pay for the French and Indian War which was fought to protect the colonies.
- American colonies would be weak without Britain.
- Colonists profit from trade with England.
- People have the rights government can't take away, like property.
- Taxation takes away money and goods from citizens.
- Colonists don't have a voice in Parliament, so England shouldn't tax colonies. (No Taxation without Representation).
- There is no way colonies could ever be represented in Parliament because it is too far away.
- Many colonists fought in the French & Indian War, so we've done our part!
- The British are causing violence, riots, and death (Boston Massacre & Boston Tea Party).
Students in Mrs. Adkinson's 4th grade social studies class participated in the great debate. Using a variety of sources, they had to choose a side and justify their positions by citing textual evidence.
Some of the arguments included:
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