James Otis: The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved

(1764)

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James Otis’s pamphlet The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved, published in 1764, was perhaps the author's most spirited defense of the American colonies against oppressive rule by Great Britain. Otis (1725–1783) began his career as a loyal British subject, but in the 1760s he grew troubled by what he regarded as the unconstitutional practices of British authorities. One of these practices was called the writ of assistance, which gave the authorities the right to enter...