US History 1: Road To Revolution, from Stamp Act to Patrick Henry

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1 Road To Revolution-- From Stamp Act to Patrick Henry

Click the link below to read about Benjamin Franklin. (This annotation contains a link)
In AP United States history, it is always vital that we consider the setting, audience, and purpose of a primary source. Why do you think it is important to consider the setting and audience of this document?   
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To what tax is the Questioner referring to? 
This question from a member of British Parliament gets to the heart of why the British were upset that the colonists refused to pay taxes. The member of parliament is referring to a specific war in which the British protected the American colonists. To which war is the member of Parliament referring? 
Please re-state, in your own words, Franklin's answer to this absolutely critical question. 
Benjamin Franklin--Stamp Act Testimony 
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The Boston Gazette and Country Journal was a weekly colonial newspaper that was first published in 1755. The Gazette provides a patriotic colonial perspective on the Boston Massacre. Famous Gazette contributors include Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and Phyllis Wheatley. 
Right away in this account, who seems to be acting improperly in this scene? 
Look carefully at this phrase.  What do you think it means that the people they are interacting with are naked? 
This is not an incredibly clear or easy passage to read, but look at it carefully and do a very close reading. Who seems to be getting blamed for the incident here, the colonists, or the Redcoats? In your answer, cite and quote specific pieces of evidence from the text that demonstrate where the blame for the incident is being placed.   
Without knowledge of the situation, exactly what is happening here can be confusing. The situation is this: a British Redcoat was standing guard outside of the Customs House. A crowd of young men gathered outside of the customs house, and there were hostile interactions between the crowd and the Redcoat sentry. Depending on who you ask, the crowd was throwing snowballs and clam shells at the Redcoats. At this point, Captain Thomas Preston brought eight additional Redcoats to help defend the customs house from the crowd. The crowd became increasingly hostile towards the Redcoats (although again, how hostile depends on who you ask), and that is where we set our scene... 
Captain Thomas Preston was the British officer in charge of the 8 British soldiers who were charged with murder as a result of the Boston Massacre. His testimony here was incredibly important, as he and his men were put on trial for murder in Boston and were facing the death penalty. Their defense lawyer was John Adams. Pay close attention to how this account differs from the previous one. 
How does this account differ from the colonial account? 
Compare and contrast the point-of-view of Captain Preston with the previous colonial account. Please refer specifically to the text. 
According to Preston, who actually gave the order or asked the soldiers to fire? 
What does Preston predict is going to happen to him? 
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What is the "ill-fated article" to which Andrews refers? 
Based on your outside knowledge of the event, what would you tell Andrews after reading this section? 
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What poetic device is Henry using here? 
Look carefully at this passage, remembering that this was a speech. What techniques is Henry using here to appeal to his audience? If you are sitting in the audience listening to this speech, what is he doing to engage and persuade you? Please be specific and refer to the text. 
Patrick Henry  
How would you describe the tone of this passage? 
What makes this last line so powerful?