The Stamp Act



The Stamp Act was passed by British Parliament on March 22, 1765. It took effect on November of 1765. This tax enforced all American colonist to buy a stamp for every piece of printed paper, such as newspaper, playing cards, legal documents, magazines and licenses. This law was enforced to pay off the huge debt of the French and Indian War.

The idea for the law was thought of by Prime Minister George Grenville, who became Prime Minister on April of 1763. The Stamp Act caused chaos and colonist didn’t like the idea of this law and sensed tyranny. Colonist thought that they should fight back so that parliament would consider repealing the law. They fought back by sending letters to parliament, and refusing to buy stamps.

A group of American colonist called The Sons of Liberty formed to protect the rights of the American colonist, and helped them fight off the law. After months of protest, British parliament repealed the law in 1766 and the colonist felt that their troubles with Great Britain were over.



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