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The Stamp Act: Taxation Without Representation

(STAMP ACT.) Parliament. [The Stamp Act.] Anno Quinto Georgii III Regis … An Act for Granting and Applying Certain Stamp Duties, and other duties, in the British Colonies and Plantations in America, towards further defraying the expences of defending, protecting, and securing the same; and for amending such parts of the several Acts of Parliament relating to the trade and revenue of the said colonies and plantations, as direct the manner of determining and recovering the penalties and forfeitures therein mentioned

London, 1765

[2], 279-310 pp.  Black letter.  Removed.  Very good.  Half morocco case.

FIRST EDITION of the Stamp Act, a defining event of the American Revolution.  The first direct tax levied by Parliament on the colonies, this act taxed the colonists on a wide variety of printed items including newspapers, pamphlets, almanacs, and legal documents.  A number of newspapers adopted the motto, “The united voice of all His Majesty’s free and loyal subjects in America – liberty and property, and no stamps.”

“The storm of protest which resulted in the colonies led to the Stamp Act Congress, the Committees of Correspondence, the Sons of Liberty, and the conviction that a conspiracy existed in London to deliberately deprive the colonists of their liberties” (Wellsprings of a Nation 86)

Almost overnight the colonists entered into non-importation agreements, prompting London merchants successfully to petition Parliament to repeal the Stamp Act.  The damage, however, was done.  The constitutional question of taxation without representation in Parliament was raised, and dissatisfaction in the colonies fermented into revolution in the coming months and years.

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