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Updated: 9/25/2020
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  • How did the stamp act start?
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  • How it ended
  • In an effort to raise funds to pay off debts and defend the vast new American territories won from the War, the British government passes the Stamp Act on March 22, 1765
  • The majority considered it a violation of their rights as Englishmen to be taxed without their consent—consent that only the colonial legislatures could grant.
  • The issues raised by the Stamp Act festered for 10 years before giving rise to the Revolutionary War and, ultimately, American independence.
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