The class is going okay so far. It seems like the information we’re learning is about what I expected with some nice correlation to modern society and the relationship of past events to what we are facing now.I feel like the class is not too difficult for this level and I have enough time to accomplish all required assignments prior to the due date.
It is, however, difficult to feel engaged. Since the forum for assignments is just replies to the main post, it’s more difficult to read them all and follow along with new posts. I’m also concerned with the group work because I don’t really understand the purpose for the groups or how much interaction will be required.
Regarding the Stamp Act, I had a little prior knowledge mostly about the party line of “no taxation without representation.” It was interesting to find out more about how it affected colonists particularly how it was laid out in Benjamin Francklin’s interview. It helped me understand their outrage more because it wasn’t just an issue of money or representation, but rather an issue of being prosecuted for crimes by an official and not a jury.
I’m not really aware of anything else that may have been going on at this time. I do think that there are some modern-day parallels with the Stamp Act. For example, many people don’t like to pay taxes they feel don’t contribute to their par of society. Welfare, for example, is something many people feel they did not consent to pay. There have also been issues with military courts and prisoners of war not having the right to appear before a jury.