"Colonial Ideas of Parliamentary Power, 1764-1766"

Although published many years ago, Morgan's article takes a careful look at the constitutional principles articulated by many American colonists during the Stamp Act crisis. Contrary to previous historians (and many since) who have argued that Americans opportunistically shifted their attitudes about Parliamentary sovereignty as circumstances changed, Morgan asserts that colonial leaders and writers were remarkably consistent during the 1760s in their beliefs about Parliament's right to regulate trade and to legislate for the empire as a whole. They drew the line, though, on Parliament's right to tax them.

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Edmund S. Morgan
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William & Mary Quarterly 5 (1948): 311-41
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