Lessons from the Stamp Act

That’s the subject of my latest over at RealClearHistory. Peep game:

The refusal of the colonies to pay for the war they initiated also led to the flare up of a simmering tension between elites on both sides of the British Atlantic: representation. The colonists wanted to send representatives to London and have them participate as full members of the body politic. The elite on the islands, however, were openly disdainful of American elites and probably did not want to disperse their power even more thinly by admitting new seats. Adam Smith was especially prescient on this matter, actually arguing that London could avoid most of its trouble by simply admitting American representatives to parliament.

Please, read the whole thing.

4 thoughts on “Lessons from the Stamp Act

  1. This is so on target, but something that doesn’t seem to find its way into U.S. history courses in high school. The American historian at my college happens to focus on it (I audited his class on the American Revolution), but I don’t know how well it sticks.

    • Thanks Dr K.

      It seems like this should be more widely known, but judging by the (mostly vulgar) feedback I’ve gotten it’s not. This country’s primary and secondary education systems are rotten to the core, and seem to have been for quite some time.

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