Post #10: The Stamp Act of 1765

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The Stamp Act of 1765 just so happens to be the most important piece of parliamentary legislature contributing to the American Revolution. The act was passed by British Parliament as a tax of 26 shillings on every piece of paper that the colonists used. This tax was included on all paper items including licenses, newspapers, and even playing cards. This tax particularly outraged the colonists because it was an act that was being used to raise money rather than regulate commerce. The colonists were also angered by the fact that they saw this act as taxation without representation. The act was created to raise money for the colonies, protect the frontier, and most importantly to help fund the British troops. The colonists reacted with the Stamp Act Congress which was the first Congress of the American Colonies. The Stamp Act Congress was created by James Otis as a conference with the colonies. Soon, the collective cry was “No taxation without representation!” and Patrick Henry came up with The Stamp Act Resolves that declared the colonists outrage with the Stamp Act. The colonists simply wanted to go back to the ways of salutary neglect when the crown would essentially leave them to their own devices yet protect them when necessary.

“The Stamp Act – March 22, 1765.” Revolutionary War and Beyond. Revolutionary War and Beyond, 17 Nov. 2011. Web. 08 Mar. 2017.

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