Stamp Act


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Stamp Act

n
(Historical Terms) a law passed by the British Parliament requiring all publications and legal and commercial documents in the American colonies to bear a tax stamp (1765): a cause of unrest in the colonies

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n.
an act of the British Parliament (1765) for raising revenue in the American colonies by requiring that documents, newspapers, etc., bear an official stamp.
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Noun1.Stamp Act - an act passed by the British Parliament in 1756 that raised revenue from the American Colonies by a duty in the form of a stamp required on all newspapers and legal or commercial documents; opposition by the Colonies resulted in the repeal of the act in 1766
legislative act, statute - an act passed by a legislative body
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The Stamp Act," replied Grandfather, "was a law by which all deeds, bonds, and other papers of the same kind were ordered to be marked with the king's stamp; and without this mark they were declared illegal and void.
They therefore made a most stubborn resistance to the Stamp Act.
Grandfather spoke briefly of the public measures that were taken in opposition to the Stamp Act.
They sent a humble petition to the king, and a memorial to the Parliament, beseeching that the Stamp Act might be repealed.
Its occurrence in the mid-1760s, however, combined the case with the Stamp Act Crisis, and that made all the difference, for the significance of Forsey lies, in great part, in its relationship--both temporally and substantively--with the Stamp Act.
Franklin, he points out, proved slow in sensing that resistance to the Stamp Act of 1765 bit deeply into American society.
In the years after the Stamp Act crisis, Anglo-American Whiggism was torn asunder by an internecine battle of ideas that pitted, at the most philosophic level, Tyrell's theory of parliamentary sovereignty against the theories of Sidney and Locke on popular sovereignty.
The economic downturn, precipitated by the Stamp Act and numerous embargoes, ended any realistic hope that his business enterprises would succeed.
The British parliament passed Stamp Act of 1765 and Townshend Act of 1767.
Needing to pay for more soldiers to stop the settlers, Britain created the Stamp Act in 1765.