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The Stamp Act was passed by British Parliament to tax the colonies in order to be able to afford the costs of protecting their new land, and the existing colonies. This act required certain articles and documents to have a special stamp, which indicated that the tax be paid on that item. In 1765 delegates from nine colonies met in New York to discuss the act. They came up with the decision that the British Parliament did not have the right to tax the colonies without their consent. When the Stamp Act went into action, the colonists not only refused to pay, but burned tea and other items. The British government repealed the act on March 18, 1766, and the same day they replaced it with the Declaratory Act.

Born in 1737, Paine was an influential writer. He was well known for his "Common Sense" article. In 1775 he became the editor at Philidelphia Magazine. He lived his life always wanting to do good for the common people, and was a very passionate human rights activist.


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Thomas Paine

Stamp Act Video

"The main task I wish to accomplish is to spread common sense to the people..." - Paine

"These are the times that try men's souls." - Paine

The Stamp Act was passed by the British Parliament on March 22, 1765. The new absurd tax was imposed on all American colonists and forced them to pay a tax on every piece of printed paper they used. Ship's papers, legal documents, licenses, newspapers, other publications, and even playing cards were unrightly taxed. The passing of the Stamp act had colonists in an outrage. This ridiculous tax supposedly will go to the funding of the effects of the war. The British do not even treat us like we are part of them! They act as if they are ashamed for us to be British! We are not there dogs to be treated this way. We should not be unfairly taxed in this way. We all need to form together! With great numbers comes great power.

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