Stamp Act

By: Michelle Chapman and Lauren Crocker

Parliament

Parliament passed the Stamp Act in 1765. The law was to be effective in the 13 colonies on November 1st and Prime Minister George Grenville announced it months in advance. The act required stamped paper for legal documents, almanacs, broadside, newspaper, diplomas and playing cards.


Stamps

The stamps were proof that the tax has been paid. They were also support for the British soldiers protecting the American Colonies. Violators of the law were to be tried in the vice admiralty courts, a detail that would not be overlooked by its critics.

British authorities were not trying to oppress the colonists and regarded the Stamp Tax as entirely reasonable; Benjamin Franklin gave his grudging acquiescence to the plan.

Facts

In the stamp taxes the Americans for the first time were faced with an internal tax. The distinction was argued by John Dickerson. He was one of the early leaders of the opposition to British polices.

Colonial businessmen agree to stop British goods until the act was repealed, and trade was diminished. Refusal to use stamps on business paper became common. In the stamp taxes, the Americans for the first time were faced with an internal tax. The distinction was argued by John Dickinson. He was one of the early leaders of the opposition to British polices.

Colonial businessmen agree to stop British goods until the act was repealed, and the trade was diminished. Refusal to use the stamps on business paper became common. Courts would not enforce their use on legal documents.

The Stamp Act is often considered one of the chief immediate cause of the American Revolution.