Rights of the British Colonies

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Otis wrote a couple of pamphlets in the early phase of the American Revolution which galvanized and radicalized the colonists’ opposition to the British Empire. In The Rights of the British Colonies Otis goes from an objection to a specific tax on sugar to a generalized argument in favor of natural rights and the consent of the governed.

The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved (Boston & London: J. Almon, 1764).


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