The Stamp Act

March 22, 1765

The Act Summarized

  • The act was passed by the Parliament of Great Britain.
  • This imposed a direct tax on the colonies of British America.
  • It required that printed material had to be on stamp paper produced in London.
  • The stamp tax had to be paid in valid British currency.
  • The purpose was to help pay for troops.

Reaction of The Colonists

  • The Stamp Act was very unpopular among the colonists.
  • They considered it a violation of their rights as Englishmen to be taxed without their consent.
  • Colonial assemblies sent petitions and protests.
  • Protests often turned violent and destructive.
  • Tax distributors resigned their commissions and taxes were never collected.