Today in History
November 01, 1765
Britain’s Stamp Act Is the Colonies’ Riot Act
The Stamp Act goes into effect in the American Colonies November 1, 1765. Passed in March by Britain to tax documents, almanacs, newspapers, cards and dice in order to pay debts from the French and Indian War, the act incenses Colonists, who protest the "taxation without representation" by petitioning, boycotting and even stringing up the odd tax agent. Parliament rescinds the act in 1766, but can’t retract the spirit of revolution it unleashes.
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