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Stamp Act

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  • 1. The Stamp Act Triggering a Revolution
  • 2. What is a Stamp Act? <ul><li>A law enacted by a government that required a tax be paid on the transfer of certain documents. </li></ul><ul><li>Those that pay receive an official stamp on their documents </li></ul>
  • 3. What had to carry a stamp? <ul><li>Playing cards </li></ul><ul><li>Patent medicines </li></ul><ul><li>Checks </li></ul><ul><li>Mortgages </li></ul><ul><li>Newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Wills </li></ul>
  • 4. Why was it enacted? <ul><li>In order to defray costs of maintaining the military presence protecting the colonies </li></ul>
  • 5. Patrick Henry <ul><li>Introduced a resolution claiming that the colony’s own House of Burgess had “the only and sole and executive right and power to lay taxes.” </li></ul>
  • 6. Arrival of Stamps <ul><li>New York Harbor – ships in the harbor lowered their colors to signify Morning, Lamentation, and Woe. </li></ul><ul><li>In other ports – stamps were stolen and burned. </li></ul><ul><li>Portsmouth, NH – a copy of the Stamp Act was burned </li></ul>
  • 7. Arrival of Stamps <ul><li>No business involving the stamps was transacted </li></ul><ul><li>Stamp agents were tarred and feathered </li></ul><ul><li>Stamp agents’ families were threatened and homes were burned. </li></ul>
  • 8. Repealed <ul><li>Tax response was more hostile than Parliament thought that it would be </li></ul>
  • 9. Dates <ul><li>Stamp Act became law – March 22, 1765 </li></ul><ul><li>Stamp Act took effect – November 1, 1765 </li></ul><ul><li>Stamp Act repealed – March, 1766 </li></ul>

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