“Freedom is hard to keep and easy to lose. For that reason, when government starts encroaching, it’s incumbent on a people to fight back.” How did “No taxation without representation” become a rallying cry for war? It wasn’t just the actions of the British, but the political beliefs of the colonists that caused this reaction. Many colonists were influenced by the ideology of radical Whigs, a political movement that began in England years earlier. Prof. Sarah Burns explains radical Whig theory, and how it convinced many colonists that it was their moral duty to fight back against oppressive rule.


  • Social Studies > United States History

Education Levels:

  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Higher Education


American Revolution, America's Founding, Revolutionary War, American Independence, no taxation without representation, radical Whig theory, self governance, Intolerable Acts, Continental Congress



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