July 4, 1776: The Declaration of Independence Annotated (Updated) – Bookworm Room

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

[Britain attempted to do this on more than one occasion in colonial history, but by 1776, this indictment probably only referred to the Massachusetts Government Act, also a part of the Intolerable Acts. By this law, the King unilaterally abrogated the charter governing the colony, in all but name did away with representative democracy, going so far as to outlaw town meetings not pre-approved. This was a clear warning to all of the other colonies that they needed to submit to British demands or Britain would impose martial law upon them. The colonists chose a third option.]

Source: July 4, 1776: The Declaration of Independence Annotated (Updated) – Bookworm Room

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