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Use the passage to answer the following question:

the British Colonies Asserted and Proved (1763), an excerpt
by James Otis
I can see no reason to doubt but the imposition of taxes, whether on trade, or on land, or houses, or ships, on real or personal, fixed ort floating property, in the colonies is absolutely irreconcilable with the rights of the colonists as British subjects and as men. I say men, for in a state of nature no man can take my property from me without my consent: if he does, he deprives me of my liberty and makes me a slave.

Who is the main audience Otis is writing to in this excerpt?

the members of the Constitutional Convention***

those colonists already joined in the fight for freedom

those colonists who might still feel loyal to the crown

the British aristocracy charged with governing the colonies

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  1. I think you're right.

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    Ms. Sue
  2. No, you are not right. If this was written in 1763, the Constitutional Convention did not meet until 1787. Think about what was going on in 1763 with the imposition of taxes to pay for the French and Indian (and European) wars. Who imposed those taxes without the consent of the colonists? Who would Otis protest to?

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  3. den what can it be?

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  4. Reed's right. I goofed.

    Otis was probably addressing those colonists who were loyal to England.

    http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/features/americanrevolution/timeline.html

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    Ms. Sue
  5. those colonists already joined in the fight for freedom?

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  6. No. If the colonists had joined the fight for freedom, they didn't need convincing. I think Ms. Sue is correct now. Otis was not even addressing a "fight" for freedom, since the fight had not begun yet in 1763. He was arguing that the colonists were British citizens and must have a voice in Parliament when colonial affairs (such as taxes) were considered, and the taxes imposed.

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  7. So I was right? Meaning d answer is A?

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  8. No.

    those colonists who might still feel loyal to the crown

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    Ms. Sue
  9. "I can see no reason to doubt but the imposition of taxes, whether on trade, or on land, or houses, or ships, on real or personal, fixed ort floating property, in the colonies is absolutely irreconcilable with the rights of the colonists as British subjects and as men. I say men, for in a state of nature no man can take my property from me without my consent: if he does, he deprives me of my liberty and makes me a slave."
    —James Otis, 1763

    Based on this excerpt, what do you think Otis's purpose was in writing this document?

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  10. the answer should be to those people who still feel loyal to the british.

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