|The sTamp Act|
The Stamp Act was passed on March 22, 1765 by the British parliament.This tax affected all American colonists. Now the American colonists had to pay a tax for all the paper they used. A few of the things that were taxed were ship documents, playing cards, newspapers, licenses and many other things. The money collected from this tax helped pay for the cost of defending the frontier by the Appalachian Mountains.
The Stamp Act was not an overwhelmingly expensive tax, it irritated the colonist because normally the taxes were used to control the commerce but this tax was used to raise money, kind of like a fundraiser. Another thing that irritated them was that it was done without the approval of any colonial legislators. Colonists disliked the tax, many groups were organized that protested the “unfair” tax. The now popular slogan “No taxation without representation,” was used for their famous protest.
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The tax was declared illegal and unjust by The Virginia Assembly. Resolutions were passed against taxation from the British parliament. Colonies were invited to send delegates to meet in a general congress. The Stamp Act Congress was the name of this meeting. The colonies that responded and sent delegates were New York, New Jersey, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, South Carolina, and Massachusetts.They met in New York in October 1765. It stated that the stamp act could not be accumulated without the approval of the people. In 1766 the British Parliament was forced to abolish the Stamp Act.