The American Founding


In the 1760s, the British Parliament sought to exert its control over the quasi-independent American colonies by imposing taxes on them. However, the colonists, who had long since managed their own affairs, saw these actions as an attack on their natural rights and their rights as Englishmen. On July 4, 1776, the Americans declared their independence and founded a new nation.


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Paul A. Rahe is the Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Professor in the Western Heritage at Hillsdale College. He received a B.A. from Yale University, a B.A. from the University of Oxford, and his Ph.D. from Yale University.