Causes Of The Stamp Act

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Many events in history led this country up to what it is today. One night, an angry crowd of Bostonians came crashing down to the home of Thomas Hutchinson. At time of all this, his family was having a nice, quiet dinner but the Bostonians were not happy and someone was going to pay for it (Foner 174). This was all a result of the Stamp Act. This event in particular created lots of chaos in Boston. The Stamp Act was a tax was that was recently set upon the colonists in order to lessen the cost of the French and Indian war in North America. This tax was stated that the people had to pay a tax on every piece of paper that they printed (web.) This al included ship’s papers, legal documents, licenses, newspapers, and other publications. It …show more content…
One reason for this was that the government wanted to show that they were in control. Another reason for them was that they were having money problems. They believed the best way to solve these problems was to ask for more money from the people. They were certainly not fond of this new tax because they felt it went against their liberty. The people were so mad that a riot set out and even went a little too far. People were even arrested. Although the cost of the new tax was an extra expense, the people were mad about the fact that this new law set a standard. They opposed to this treatment. They wanted a right to vote about their own taxes like the people living in Britain. They also believed that this taxation was just a start of all the new laws that were about to placed upon them and they were not going to stand for it. The colonists felt that they had no part in paying for the British military. It was a sure example of taxation without representation. Colonial assemblies approved resolutions suggesting that the British Parliament had no right to tax the colonies at all. They considered the Stamp Act to be the worst in a sequence of violations of these rights. The American colonists denied to obey the Stamp Act. They also refused to buy British goods. Almost 1000 store owners signed non-importation agreements. This cost the British businessmen a lot of money which angered the people even …show more content…
They strongly believed that the British were treating the colonists unfairly, as it says in one of my online sources. By 1776, many of the colonists did not believe that Parliament had the rights to keep making laws for the thirteen colonies. In Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, he states that the colonists did not know allegiance to the King or Monarch. But many colonists still felt they owed their loyalty to the King. This book had a huge impact on the people. He wrote it in order to convince colonists to cut their ties with Great Britain. In this book he says “In England a King hath little more to do than to make war and give away jobs; which in plain terms is to impoverish the the nation ……or more worth is one honest man to society than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived” “Everything that is right or reasonable pleads for separation” (Paine). By this he was saying that we do not owe the King anything. He wants to state that is is completely reasonable to separate from Britain after all that they have done. Also that everything that Britain did for the colonies, they did it to their own benefit. Now the declaration on independence was written in order to tell the world the reasons for the separation of the

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