The Stamp Act

Passed on March 22, 1765

What the Act Did

Imposed a direct tax on Colonies of British America

Required that printed materials be produced on stamped papers

Was to help pay for troops in North America after the British victory in the Seven Years' War

How the Colonists Responded

Many Colonists considered it a violation of their rights

Colonial assemblies sent petitions and protests

Petitioned Parliament and the King

Demonstrations initiated by the Sons of Liberty often turned violent and destructive