THE STAMP ACT

March 22, 1765

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Let's Sum It Up!

~The parliament of Great Britain that imposed a tax on the colonies.
~It required that many printed materials in the colonies be produced on stamped paper produced in London, carrying en embossed revenue stamp.

~The stamp tax had to be paid in valid British $$$.

Purpose of The Stamp Act

~The purpose of the tax was to help pay for troops stationed in North America after the British victory in the Seven Years' War.

Reactions & Responses to The Stamp Act

~Very unpopular because the Americans said that there was no need for the soldiers because there were no foreign enemies and the Americans had always protected themselves.

~Considered it a violation of their rights as Englishmen.

~Protests groups were held creating a loose coalition (New England to Maryland)

~Many protests became violent & destructive.

RESULT

~All stamp tax distributors were intimidated into resigning their commissions and the tax was never effectively collected,
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