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Stamp Act Fuels American Revolution

September 20, 2010

Originally announced by the British Parliament in April of the preceding year, the Stamp Act of 1765 raised the issue of taxation without representation. This was the argument formed by the colonists based on the English Constitution, which stated that Parliament could not impose a tax on the British people without their consent. British consent in Parliament could only be achieved through representation and the British colonies lacked representation simply because the colonies never sent representatives to Parliament. Needless to say, there was great opposition to the Stamp Act through the form of protests, demonstrations and petitions. Eventually, the Stamp Act was repealed four and a half months after it went into effect in November 1965.

Cartoon of Stamp Act, 1765

The Stamp Act would have been the first internal tax implemented and set into effect by Parliament within the British colonies. The repeal of the Stamp Act was accompanied by the Declaratory Act of 1766, which stated that Parliament had equal authority in America as it did in Great Britain (Wikipedia, 2010). This further bothered the colonists creating concern and questions about what Parliament’s true motives and intentions were when considering the colonies. This is how the growing movement that became the American Revolution came to be. Without the nullification of the Stamp Act, the British colonies could have very easily been under British rule for a much longer period of time and the American Revolution could have either not happened or taken a different form.


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