A direct action by colonists to boycott the British government and the monopoly known as the East India Company. A key event leading to the American Revolution.
Panic of 1857
Short depression caused by overspeculation in railroads and lands, faulty banking practices, and an interruption in the flow of European capital into American investments.
Townshend Duties 1767-1770
British act that made colonial governors and judges independent of colonial control, created a more effective means of enforcing compliance with trade regulations, and established that Parliament had the right to tax. Later repealed.
Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798
Aimed to widen the powers of the Adams administration to by quieting its newspaper critics. Many editors were fired or sent to jail.
Passed in 1774 and designed to punish Boston after the Boston Tea Party. Included the Boston Port Act, which affected all the colonies by closing Boston Harbor until damages were paid.
Founder of Georgia in 1733; soldier, statesman, philanthropist. Started Georgia as a haven for people in debt because of his interest in prison reform. Almost single-handedly kept Georgia afloat.