Stamp Act

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The Stamp Act was passed by the British Parliament on March 22, 1765 (colonial williamsburg.com). This was a tax that was set to all the colonists and made it so that they had to pay a tax for every piece of printed paper they used. The families were unhappy about it. They were outraged! They all wanted to break away from the British government for all of these unfair and intolerable taxes that were inhumane. Would you want to be taxed for paper? I know I wouldn’t. The British government is ridiculous. Yes, they might need to pay for the war that they just had fought, but you don’t need to punish the colonists to do so. Can you imagine how furious the colonists were at such ridiculous taxes? Ship's papers, legal documents, licenses, newspapers, other publications, and even playing cards were taxed (colonialwilliamburg.com). The Stamp Act of 1765 was the first tax put directly colonists by the British government. The act came at a time when the British Empire was in debt from the French and Indian war. The colonist argued about the acts and refused to pay. They started violent mobs and forced tax collectors into resigning. Parliament repealed the Stamp Act in 1766 because it was causing too much problems with the colonies (history.com). However, the same day, Parliament passed the Declaratory Acts, asserting that the British government had free and total legislative power over the colonies (history.com). There was a family that lived in the times of the stamp act. One of many families. This family had a mom, dad, daughter, and son. It was already hard to pay for all of the families expenses considering the dad was the only one who worked and he worked on a farm. They had a very small income and had to pay for 2 kids. That was already hard. Now a tax on paper? We are outraged and will not stop rebelling the British government until the act is repealed and…...

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