The Stamp Act was passed without debate, it aroused widespread opposition among the colonists, who argued because they were not represented in Parliament, they could not legally be taxed without their consent. The actual cost of the Stamp Act was fairly small. What made the law so offensive to the colonists was not so much its immediate cost but the standard it seemed to set. The Stamp Act was viewed as a direct attempt by England to raise money in the colonies without the approval of the colonial legislatures. Members of the Sons of Liberty, a patriotic secret society, were particularly active in opposing the imposition of the stamp tax, and they led a campaign of physical violence in which many official stamp agents were attacked by mobs and their property destroyed. Resolutions of protest against the act were adopted by a number of the colonial assemblies. The House of Burgesses passed five resolutions offered by the American patriot, Patrick Henry. Colonial businessmen agreed to stop importing British goods until the act was repealed, and trade was substantially diminished. Refusal to use the stamps on business pap...
Before there was the American Revolutionary War between Great Britain and the 13 colonies both were on good terms. Before the many lives that were lost the British and English fought side by side in the French and Indian War against the French. With the help of the colonists Great Britain gained victory against the great force of France. All seemed fine until the passage of the Stamp Act on March 22nd, 1765. With the passage of the Stamp Act it caused tensions to rise and greatly affected everyone across the 13 colonies. It wasn’t necessarily the tax that got under the skin of the Americans, but was due to the passage of the act without consent of the colonial legislators.
The Stamp Act Crisis in 1765 does show significance of the frustrations’ between the colonists of different groups such as unskilled workers and poor tradesmen but on the other hand, this Act fails to bring the colonists together as the Boston Massacre had done. “Although few residents of the colonies sided with Great Britain during these early years of protest, the various colonial groups often had di...
(140) It was during this time period that “the government in London concerned itself with the colonies in unprecedented ways…to help raise funds to pay for the war and finance the empire.” (Forner 141) The British government was heavily in debt after fighting the Seven Years War on several fronts. The need to raise funds was paramount and the colonies were a ready source. The British government started imposing taxes on the colonies as a means of income. This was a change in the relationship between America and the mother country. Many Americans opposed these taxes. (Forner 142- 143) According to Forner, “Opposition to the Stamp Act was the first great Drama of the revolutionary era and the first major split between the colonist and Great Britain over the meaning of freedom.” (142) This act was eventually repealed by Parliament in 1766 after great opposition by Americans. (Forner 144) The Stamp Act was just the beginning of several events and taxes on the colonist leading up the Boston Tea
Colonists were like England’s rebel child that had a leach way too long, and, once they started pulling at it, conflict rose. When the Stamp Act came into effect, colonists were against it, which can be seen as an act of disobedience against their ruler. Even though the colonists were mad at the fact that they were being controlled, it was England’s fault. England seemed to be unaware of their actions, and, since they were willing to have control over the colonies, the cost of it caused a financial struggle. Due to English greed and selfishness, the ones who were to pay for their fault were the colonists. Instead of working and paying off their debt, the English were lazy, and they forced the middle and low class colonists to support all the expenses they could not afford.
One event in particular stroked fear in the English Government’s popularity in America, Indeed it took a toll, and in October of 1768 the pressure from these riots had resulted in the transfer of 4,000 Regular Army soldiers to Boston which were unappreciated and underpaid. The tensions in the streets were ever growing and by March 5, 1770 violence appeared from citizens throwing rocks and snowballs at a patrol of soldiers and as the crowd grew in size the soldiers were provoked and fired on the citizens killing 5 people. The Stamp act was the first real piece of legislation to affirm the control of England to its colonies. It was for a very obvious reason too, that this is to say, the colonies knew that this was the aftermath of the Seven-year war of the British fighting the French and Indians, which increased the national debt from £72,289,673 in 1755 to £129,586,789 in 1764. More than half of the annual budget went to pay interest on it. Not long after the Boston Massacre had taken place the Lord of the North newly appointed by the king had submitted a recommendation to parliament to drop all the Townshend duties except for the tax on tea, one of the first steps taken for the benefit of the colonies was the establishment of the Committee of Correspondence which made communication between all the
The French-Indian War set Britain back a large amount in debt. Although the war was fought to protect the colonists and it is only just that Britain is reimbursed, their methods of regaining money were not. Up until the Stamp Act, taxes were only needed to regulate trade. The only reason for the imposed taxes were for raising money, an action which they did not have the authority to perform.(Document 2) Putting a tax on almost all daily purchases caused horrible living conditions. This unconstitutional act is justification enough to revolt. Britain and its Parliament has no rationalization in taxing and controlling all of the colonists’
This was only just the beginning of what is turning out to be a long and tough road. It seemed like fights and protests were breaking out all of the time. If it wasn’t about the lack of freedom that they had because they couldn’t make decisions for themselves, then it was about the new laws that were being made. One particular that angered them was the act that imposed a tax on anything that was printed. From what I heard many of the colonists felt as if they shouldn’t have to pay extra money on something just because the British needed more money. Not only that but they had no choice in the matter because Parliament overruled any decision that Americans made. It was on a weekly trip into town with Mrs. Smith to pick up some groceries and supplies
In 1754, the British fought the French for the final of four wars in what we know as the French and Indian War. It was a fight to see who would rule in North America, and it was eventually won by the British. Despite their victory, the British were forced into debt, and their solution to get out of it involved one thing: taxing the colonies. This led to the formation of the Grenville Taxes. Two of these, the Quartering Act and the Stamp Tax, brought uproar from the colonists. The Quartering Act forced the colonists to house and feed British Soldiers with no additional money given to them. Many of the colonists didn't have the money to feed the soldiers, so it caused them to go into debt, which affected the financial side of the communities because the people were becoming so poor. After the Quartering Act, the British brought on the Stamp Tax. This was the first direct tax on the colonists, and it got them all riled up. A group known as the Sons of Liberty was formed and they led a boycott against the British taxing claiming that there should be "no taxation without representation". The tax changed the economics of the colonies, causing them to lose money rapidly, but the boycott came back in retaliation against the British. Because the British were no longer getting money from the colonists to pay off their debt, their finances were suffering, triggering the repeal of the tax.