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Stamp Act 1765
Transcript of Stamp Act 1765
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.
Making The Stamp Act so offensive to the colonies. As Britain developed the stamp
Act they foresaw it as the colonies exchanging the taxes for the protection of the British Troops.
The Stamp Act caused large street demonstrations and the formation of inter colonial organizations including boycotts of British goods to riots and attacks on the tax collectors.
Stamp Act 1765
The Stamp Act trouble spread throughout the southern, northern, and middle colonies.
The Stamp Act happened because the British government wanted more money and power.
The Stamp Act was also another plan because the sugar act did not work.
The British government also was desperately in need of revenue after a long and expensive war with the French. They felt that they were spending a great deal to support the American colonies, but that the colonies were contributing little. Other revenue raising measure had been very unpopular. The Stamp Tax seemed like a reasonable measure to them.
What was it?
British vs 13 Colonies
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.
How did the stamp act happen
George Grenville was the prime minister of Britain at the time. He blamed the colonists for starting the Seven Year's War, and that Britain was in debt because they fought on the colonists' behalf. So, to help compensate for it, he decided to issue a series of taxes and laws on the colonies, called the "Acts". One of the acts was the Stamp Act.
Before long, mobs of angry colonists began forming. Their cry was "No Taxation Without Representation!"
Some of the colonies also created the Stamp Act Congress. Here, they debated about what to do about the British's Stamp Act. They decided to take action and put together many petitions and other written documents and send it to the King. One of them was the "Declaration of Rights and Grievances.
Sometimes, the mobs targeted the tax collectors, using a form of punishment called "tar and feathering"
End of the Stamp Act
A year after being issued, the Stamp Act is voted by the British Parliament to be repealed on March 18, 1766.
By then, George Grenville was replaced as prime minister, but as a member of Parliament, asserted that Britain had the authority to tax the colonies.
But Along with the Stamp Act repeal also came the Declaratory Act, in which Britain declared that it had the absolute power to make and change any laws in the colonies, and that brought further concern to the colonies.
Through out the Stamp Act
The Stamp Act started in 1765. It required all colonist to pay a tax on all legal paper like marriage certificates and other printed paper such as newspapers, books, and even playing cards. The colonist did not approve of the Stamp Act. So they rebelled by forming liberty groups and harassing the tax collectors and eventually making the quit. The colonist then constructed a boycott causing the stamp act to be repealed. The Townshend Act then followed the Stamp Act.