S: The Stamp Act
FC: Stamp Act | By Allison Weber, Amanda Tatum, Molly Knapik, and Lauren Blanchetti
1: Where We Found Our Information | URL's for the summary on pages 2 and 3 : http://school.eb..com.wf2dnvr11.webfeat.org/comtons/article-9277204?query=Stamp%20Act&ct | http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/related/stampact.htm http://history.howstuffworks.com/revolutionary-war/stamp-act.htm Excerpt of the Stamp Act pages 4 and 5 http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/stamp_act_1765.asp Website that helped with the 6th and 7th pages: http://www.history.org/history/teaching/tchcrsta.cfm
2: What is the Stamp Act?
3: The Stamp Act: | After the French and Indian War, the British government decided to station British troops in the colonies to prevent the French from helping Canada and to defend the colonies against the Indians. Most Englishmen thought it was only right that the colonies should help pay for the support of the troops. For some support of the troops the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act in 1765. This said that stamps purchased from the British government should be used on all important documents, periodicals, almanacs, pamphlets, and playing cards. The stamps proved that the tax had been paid for that item. Britain had often used this tactic in their country to raise money, but never with America. This was why the colonists were so upset.
4: Excerpt from the actual written Stamp Act | "...........For every skin or piece of vellum or parchment, or sheet or piece of paper, on which shall be ingrossed, written or printed, any declaration, plea, replication, rejoinder, demurrer, or other pleading, or any copy thereof, in any court of law within the British colonies and plantations in America, a stamp duty of three pence......"
5: "........And for and upon every paper, commonly called a pamphlet, and upon every news paper, containing publick news, intelligence, or occurrences, which shall be printed, dispersed, and made publick, within any of the said colonies and plantations, and for and upon such advertisements as are herein after mentioned, the respective duties following (that is to say) For every such pamphlet and paper contained in half a sheet, or and lesser piece of paper, which shall be so printed, a stamp duty of one halfpenn......."
6: Why were the British shocked by the stormy protest against the stamp act? | The British were shocked because they thought that since the French and Indian War was fought on American soil, that the Americans should help pay for it. They also thought that since they were "protecting" the Americans and so they should help pay. They thought that this was fair. Even if the colonists didn't think that it was, the British surely didn't expect this much of a rebellion.
7: What did the Stamp Act have to do with the start of the Revolution? | The Stamp Act was one of the major events that helped spark the American Revolution. It showed the colonists how much Britain wanted to be in control and how much they, as the colonists, disliked that. It made all of the other acts that more "intolerable."