What was Benjamin Franklin's position on colonial representation in 1765, and why had his view changed by 1770?

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Apr 3, 2017

After 5 years of chaos, instability, and unfair treatment by the British government, Franklin's views became more radical...


1 Benjamin Franklin's views became more radical.
In 1765, many colonists wanted to have "no taxation without representation," but they were not that willing to go to war with Britain. However, people became more radical by 1770 and were willing to stand up for themselves.

2 Chaos, Instability, Violence
There were major problems and skirmishes that took place from 1765 to 1770, such as the Boston Massacre, the Stamp Act(s), and Tea Act. Also, because of this, Franklin finally concluded that violence was the solution to the revolution, not peaceful treaties that the British didn't even take seriously.

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