Stamp Act

    The British Parliament passed the stamp act on March 22, 1765. The new tax was introduced on all American colonists and required them to pay a tax on every piece of paper they used. Ships papers, legal documents, license, newspapers, other publication, and even cards were taxed. The money collected by the stamp act was used to help pay the cost of defending and protecting the American frontier near the Appalachian mountain. About 10,000 troops were stoned for the frontier purpose.

The Stamp act wasnt too popular in the colonies. Societies organized to protest stamp sales. In cities and towns and towns slogan became no taxation without representation.

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The actual cost was relatively small. The stamp acted was not for profit it was made for tax and allowed to pass without resistance, the colonist reasoned, the door would be open for far more troublesome taxation in the future.

The Virginia Assembly declared that Stamp Act was illegal and unjust. The assembly passed resolutions against taxation by the British Parliament. The Massachusetts House of representation invited all the colonies to send delegates to a general congress. The colonist that accepted the invitation were NY, NJ, RI, PA, DW, CN, ML, SC, MA.
Few colonists believed that they could do any thing more than grumble and buy the stamps until the Virginia House of Burgesses adopted Patrick Henrys stamp act resolves. These resolves declared that Americans possessed the same rights as the English, especially the right to be taxed only on their own representation; that Virginians should pay no taxes except those voted by the Virginian house of burgesses; and that anyone supporting the right of parliament to tax Virginians should be considered of an enemy of the colony. The House of Burgesses defeated the most radical of Henrys resolutions, but four of the resolutions were adopted. Virginia governor Fauquier did not approve of the resolutions, and he dissolved the House of Burgesses in response to their passages.


The stamp act congress met in NY in Oct. 1765. It declared that stamp act taxes couldnt be collected without the peoples consent. American resistance forced the British Parliament to repeal the stamp act in 1766

Angry colonial lawyers, merchants, newspaper printers got together and formed the stamp act. Some of them rioted in the streets and threatened agents of the British government. They boycotted the stamp act these people called themselves the sons of liberty.

After along meeting Patrick Henry took charge and acted as the head chief in the stamp act.


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