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Stamp act

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  • With victory in the French and Indian War, Britain needed new revenue to pay troop expenses. Also, the French and Indian War left Britain with a huge debt.   
  • We surrender :(
  • Yea! We WON!
  • The King and Parliament believed that the colonists should pay part of the cost, so they issued new taxes, like the Stamp Act.
  • WHAT? NO!
  • Attention people, gather around. I have some big news. Parliament passed the Stamp Act. This law places a tax on almost all printed material, including newspapers, wills, and playing cards. All printed material has to have a stamp! British officials will apply the stamp after the tax is paid.
  • This isn't fair.
  • Did you guys here that Parliament has placed a tax on us without our permission?
  • The colonists believed only their colonial government should be able to tax them. The Virginia assembly passed a resolution declaring it had "the only and sole exclusive right and power to lay taxes" on its citizens.   
  • Yea! NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION!!!
  • Printing Shop
  • They can't do that!
  • In Boston Samuel Adams helped start an organization called the Sons of Liberty to protest the Stamp Act.
  • We will burn effigies representing tax collectors.
  • Exactly! And we could destroyed houses belonging to royal officials too.
  • This group of men will stop the Stamp Act however we can!
  • To make sure the British hear us we are going to boycott.
  • Prefect idea! We will not purchase any British goods or use stamps. 
  • Delegates from nine colonies drafted a petition to the king and Parliament declaring that the colonies could not be taxed except by their own assemblies. 
  • As the boycott spread, British merchants lost so much business that they begged Parliament to repeal the Stamp Act. However, on the same day, it passed the Declaratory Act. This law stated that Parliament had the right to tax and make decisions for the British colonies "in all cases."  
  • YEA! We did it! (kind of)
  • Today, the Stamp Act has officially repealed and colonists no longer have to pay a tax on printed goods.
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