Stamp Act
By Blake

The Stamp Act was passed By the British Parliament in March of 1765. The stamp Act was created to support the British army stationed in America after 1763. The act specified that Americans must buy stamps for deeds, mortgages, liquor licenses, law licenses, playing cards, and almanacs. Even newspaper owners and publishers had to buy stamps for their publications.

The Stamp Act was unpopular in the colonies. Societies organized to protest stamp sales. In cities and towns the slogan became "no taxation without representation."

    The Virginia Assembly declared that the Stamp Act was illegal and unfair. The assembly passed resolutions against taxation by the British Parliament. The Massachusetts House of Representatives invited all colonies to send delegates to a general congress. The colonies that accepted the invitation were New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, South Carolina, and Massachusetts.

The Stamp Act Congress met in New York in October 1765. It stated that stamp taxes could not be collected without the people's permission. American clash forced the British Parliament to annul the Stamp Act in 1766.


The Stamp Act is a law enacted by a government that requires a tax that has to be paid on the transmit of positive documents such as land actions. Those that pay the tax receive an official stamp on their documents. The tax lift called Stamp duty, was first devised in the Netherlands in 1624 after a public rivalry to find a new form of tax. A selection of products have been sheltered by stamp acts including playing cards, patent medicines, checks, mortgages, contracts, and newspapers. The items often have to be actually stamped at accepted government offices following payment of the duty although methods involving annual payment of a set amount or acquire of adhesive stamps are more realistic and ordinary.

    Stamp Acts were enforced in many countries such as Australia, Bhutan, Republic of China, Canada, Ireland, Malaysia, Israel, United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

    The Stamp Act was passed by the British Parliament on March 22, 1765. The new tax was imposed on all American colonists and required them to pay a tax on every piece of printed paper they used. Ship's papers, legal documents, licenses, newspapers, other publications, and even playing cards were taxed. The money collected by the Stamp Act was to be used to help pay the costs of defending and protecting the American frontier near the Appalachian Mountains.

    The actual cost of the Stamp Act was relatively small. What made the law so insulting to the colonists was not so much its urgent cost but the usual it seemed to set. In the past, taxes and duties on colonial trade had always been viewed as measures to regulate commerce, not to raise money. The Stamp Act, however, was viewed as a direct attempt by England to raise money in the colonies without the approval of the colonial legislatures. If this new tax were allowed to pass without conflict, the colonists reasoned, the door would be open for far more upsetting taxation in the future.

    Few colonists believed that they could do anything more than complain and buy the stamps until the Virginia House of Burgesses adopted Patrick Henry's Stamp Act Resolves. These resolves declared that Americans overcome the same rights as the English, especially the right to be taxed only by their own representatives; that Virginians should pay no taxes except those voted by the Virginia House of Burgesses; and that anyone behind the right of Parliament to tax Virginians should be considered an enemy of the colony. The House of Burgesses defeated the most extreme of Henry's resolutions, but four of the resolutions were adopted. Virginia Governor Fauquier did not support the resolutions, and he dissolved the House of Burgesses in reply to their route.

What
The British and the Americans
What

The stamp Act was created to support the British army stationed in America after 1763. The act specified that Americans must buy stamps for deeds, mortgages, liquor licenses, law licenses, playing cards, and almanacs. Even newspaper owners and publishers had to buy stamps for their publications.

When
1765
Where
Virginia and New York
Why

The money collected by the Stamp Act was to be used to help pay the costs of defending and protecting the American frontier near the Appalachian Mountains.


How
 The Stamp Act Congress met in New York in October 1765. It stated that stamp taxes could not be collected without the people's permission. American clash forced the British Parliament to annul the Stamp Act in 1766.



Sources:

1.) Bullion, John L. "Stamp Act." World Book Online Reference Center. 2007. <http://www.worldbookonline.com/wb/Article?id=ar528680>.

2.) "Stamp Act." wikipedia. January 24, 2007. wikipedia. 25 Jan 2007 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stamp_Act>.

3.) "A Summary of the 1765 Stamp Act ." Colonial Williamsburg. January 28, 2007. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. 30 Jan 2007 <http://www.history.org/History/teaching/tchcrsta.cfm>.
 

   
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