What the Stamp Act Really Meant

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The central thesis of my paper is the Stamp Act and how it was brought about and what it meant to the American Colonies. As well as why it was necessary. February 6th, 1765 George Grenville came forth in Parliament to propose his Stamp Bill. Not knowing that it would forever be a significant part of history. The Act was a tax on every piece of printed paper the colony used. Including, legal documents, licenses, and even playing cards. The tax also had to be paid with British currency. Colonial paper money was not valid. This made it more difficult for the colonists to even pay the tax.
The actual cost of the Stamp Act was pretty small in fact. However it was the principle that upset the colonists. The way the British saw it was that it was essentially the colonists paying the British back for defending the American frontier near the Appalachian Mountains. Some would argue that the British National debt was already through the roof but the war against France and the Indians did not help the debt. Because of this the Stamp Act was created and passed.
Colonists believed that if they let the British tax them without putting up some kind of fight, that it would only open the door for the British to continue taxing them for the sake of raising money rather than to regulate commerce. Especially considering that the Sugar Act was passed just one year earlier. What is interesting is that English citizens were being taxed at an even greater rate than the colonists. The difference is that American colonists were not used to it so it came as a big deal to them. The colonists felt like they were barely involved in the British decision making about the Stamp Act. They barely considered themselves British subjects and now they have to pay tax...

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...ave taken over the world for all we know. Without the Stamp Act, the world would be a whole lot differently today.

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