The Stamp Act 1765

The Act Summarized

  • The Stamp Act was passed on March 22, 1765 by the Parliament of Great Britain
  • Imposed a direct tax on the colonies of British America
  • Required many printed materials to be produced on stamped paper produced in London
  • The purpose was to help pay for the troops stationed in North America

Response To The Act

  • The Stamp Act was very unpopular among the colonists
  • Considered it a violation of their rights as Englishmen
  • Colonial assemblies sent petitions and protests
  • Protests and demonstrations initiated by the Sons of Liberty often turned violent
  • Soon all stamp tax distributors were intimidated into resigning their commissions