The last chapter before we head home for the holiday break deals with our road to revolution. During the French and Indian War, William Pitt assured Americans that they would be treated equally with their British counterparts, and that all expenses would be repaid to the American colonies after the war. Like many promises made during wartime, these weren't kept during the peace that followed.
Numerous times from 1763 to 1775, the British government tried to get Americans to help pay for the expenses of the French and Indian War and accept a status lower than that of people in Britain. At times, we resisted quite calmly and coolly, painting up tea pots with "No Stamp Act" written on the side. At other times we resisted more noisily and violently, with good old-fashioned riots, for instance.
By 1775, our resistance started to involve military force. However, for this chapter, we're looking at how we built up to that. We're looking at a number of British policies that were enacted after the French and Indian War. We're also going to be looking at a case of violence - the Boston Massacre - and determining whether it was an act of murder or an act of self-defense on the part of the British soldiers involved.