Stamp Act

In 1765 the British Parliament passed a law placing a tax on almost all printed material including newspapers, wills, and playing cards. All printed material had to have stamp that British officials applied after the tax was paid. This law was know has the Stamp Act. In Boston Samuel Adams helped start a group called the Sons of Liberty to protest the Stamp Act. Protesters burned rag figures that represented tax collectors and destroyed houses that belonged to Royal Officials. In October delegates from nine colonies met in New York at the Stamp Act Congress. They made a petition to the king declaring the colonies could not be taxed except own government. British merchants lost so much business because people were boycotting stores that they begged Parliament to cancel the stamp act. In March 1766 Parliament repealed the stamp act.

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