The Stamp Act

What the Act Did or Said

The Stamp Act was issued by the Parliament of Great Britain. It imposed a direct tax on the colonies of British America and required that many printed materials in the colonies be produced on stamped paper in London, carrying an embossed revenue stamp.

How the Colonists Reacted

Many colonists considered it a violation of their rights as Englishman to be taxed without their consent-consent that only the colonial legislatures could grant.