No taxation without representation
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originating during the 1750s and 1760s that summarized a primary grievance of the British colonists in the Thirteen Colonies
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, which was one of the major causes of the American Revolution. In short, many in those colonies
Patriot (American Revolution)
Patriots is a name often used to describe the colonists of the British Thirteen United Colonies who rebelled against British control during the American Revolution. It was their leading figures who, in July 1776, declared the United States of America an independent nation...
believed the lack of direct representation
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in the distant British Parliament
Parliament of the United Kingdom
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was an illegal denial of their rights as Englishmen
Rights of Englishmen
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, and therefore laws taxing the colonists (one of the types of laws that affects the majority of individuals directly), and other laws applying only to the colonies, were unconstitutional.