After the conclusion of the French and Indian War in 1763, relations between the American colonists and the British Crown and Parliament deteriorated. At first, the colonists tried negotiating with government officials for fair treatment as British citizens. When that didn’t work, colonial leaders tried organizing resistance to the imposition of harsh new laws and new taxes designed to subdue the colonists and satisfy the British Parliament and Royals. What went wrong? Documents, images, and artifacts help us understand the process of turning from loyal subjects of the British Crown to rebels willing to risk their lives for independence.