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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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They sent a humble petition to the king, and a memorial to the Parliament, beseeching that the Stamp Act might be repealed.
The folly of the Stamp Act lay precisely in making clear to the Colonials that they would pay a tax on every book, pamphlet, newspaper, document or scrap of official paper that passed through their hands.
Fifth-grade teacher Michelle Meloche said one of the frameworks for fifth-grade history is investigating Colonial responses to the British imperial policy - the Sugar Act, the Stamp Act, the Boston Tea Party.
The Kamensky-Lepore book is a picaresque tale set in 1760s Boston - when the Stamp Act and other British oppressions were beginning to roil the waters.
By the time of the Stamp Act in 1765, he was a force in Pennsylvania politics, where he was known as the Financier.
Thus the opening section on mercantilism and the colonial economy, while including the Navigation Act of 1660 and the 1663 Charter of Carolina, also includes Adam Smith's "Of Colonies" and British Member of Parliament Thomas Whateley's letter on the Stamp Act of 1765, which he was responsible for drafting.
23 /PRNewswire/ -- Saturday, September 27, marks the 286th birthday of American Revolutionary Samuel Adams, who led the protest against the Stamp Act and organized the Boston Tea Party.
He stayed five years, trying to get the Stamp Act repealed and explaining the attitudes of Americans to the English, though he English found him too American and the Americans found him too English.