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The Stamp Act Ignites The Fires Of Independence

March 21, 2013 by  

On March 22, 1765, the British government passed the Stamp Act on the American colonies.

Coming on the heels of three other major tax increases (the Sugar Act, the Currency Act and the Quartering Act), the Stamp Act more than any other gave impetus to the growing independence movement in the Colonies. It created an easily articulated grievance against what the colonists saw as Great Britain’s efforts to undermine their economic strength and independence.

The Act — which required colonists to buy a stamp for every American newspaper, legal document, license, bond, pamphlet, almanac, college diploma, deck of cards or pair of dice they purchased — didn’t become law until Nov. 1, 1765. But opposition to it grew from the moment colonists learned of its passage.

During Parliamentary debate for the Act, Colonel Isaac BarrĂ© — who knew the colonies well, having served in the French and Indian War and returned to England with a disfiguring facial wound and high admiration for the Americans’ fighting spirit — argued the Colonies didn’t owe England a debt. Rather, he said, the behavior of Britain’s officials toward Americans “on many occasions has caused the blood of those sons of liberty to recoil within them.” When colonists read about Barré’s speech, they gladly co-opted the phrase “Sons of Liberty.”

During the months between the Act’s passage and its becoming law, the Sons of Liberty led protests that included burning in effigy the stamp collectors and that sometimes turned into riots. The aggressive nature of the protests caused most of the collectors to either refuse to enforce the Act or resign in fear. In addition to the protests, colonists began boycotting all English goods.

The Act was repealed on March 17, 1766, but the liberty genie couldn’t be put back into the bottle. A new spirit of independence had been created by the Act that could not be repealed by Parliament.

Patriots: The Men Who Started The American Revolution, by A.J. Langguth

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Suze

    Even though I think that there are several scenarios which could spark a form of revolution in this country during this tentative season in America, such as for financial reasons, gun grabs, or other over reaching behavior, I don’t think that Obama wants that to happen quite yet. The effects are too unpredictable.But I do believe he is preparing for such a revolt that he is obviously pushing Americans toward.

    • SSGRick

      Suze although what you say may be true and to some extent I agree with you in that obama is preparing for a revolution or civil disobedience who is going to fight that battle for him? Foreign nationals, CAIR, muslim brotherhood, there’s just not enough of these guys. I don’t think Americans will do it for him so he’s trying to pit us against each other. Hence the RICH AREN’T PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE, and so on. He wants us to fight each other for him. I don’t think the military will get involved unless a civil war breaks out and that we must avoid at all cots remember YOUR NEIGHBORS ARE NOT YOUR ENEMY THIS ADMINISTRATION IS, BECAUSE OF IT’S CONSTANT ATTEMPTS TO LIMIT THE BILL OF RIGHTS.

      • Hedgehog

        Well said SSGRick; “YOUR NEIGHBORS ARE NOT YOUR ENEMY”. That applies to us up here in Canada as well! “THIS ADMINISTRATION IS” also applies as we are next in line for their rapacious policies.

      • Ted Crawford

        “Who is going to fight that battle for him?” We might consider a few things along that line Sarge. First EO – 13524, While that only, obstensibly, give him control over Interpol forces, is it such a reach to believe that control might be easily extended to NATO forces as well?
        Secondly, our defensive and offensive weapons systems require a , relatively small number of people to operate! His main concerns there would be Command and Control. His administration is doing a reasonabley good job of imitating Stalin in that area. Within the last few months, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Gen. David Patraeus, Gen. Carter Ham, Gen. William Ward, Gen. John Allen, Rear Admiral Charles Gaouette and scores of lessor known military leaders have been either forced out or serverly reduced in authority!
        In the past year he passed another , telling Execuative order – EO-13603, Which gives him total control of all infrastructure; Water, Food, Transportation, Communications, virtually everything!
        As you pointed out his every action has been hughly divisive! He has created divisions along Economic lines, Ethnic lines, Gender lines, Religious lines, National Origin, and Sexual Preference! This doesn’t look good for the home team!
        Virtus junxit, mors non separabit, or Nostrum fortuna est paro!

  • Carlucci

    Great article.

  • BrotherPatriot

    Yep…there’s Iron within the American Spirit. We are an incredible force when we are galvanized to action in unity.

    God Bless us all…as We the People are now currently the great-grandson’s & daughter’s repeated of the original Son’s of Liberty…we now need to awaken to what’s really occurring in our World and accept the reality of It.

    • Toy

      I fear that 28,000 tons of ammo and a few thousand armored cars and FEMA’s holiday camps, will supply an anti-galvanic solution.
      Make no mistake, ‘law enforcement’, will fire on you.
      Home owners and a few weapons let alone a fully trained and well ordered militia will be no match.

      • BrotherPatriot

        We hope they do the same, good sir.

        Keep underestimating Us.

        God Bless.

  • AZ-Ike


    Thank you for your short ‘history’ articles. I’ve enjoyed all of them.

    Currently, Hillsdale College is offering a free, 10-lesson video course, titled History 102: American Heitage. I encourage everyone to take the course and refer others, especially their children/grandchildren. This is history students won’t learn in today’s public education. Hillsdale also offers other free courses, including two Constitution courses and History 101: Western Heritage.

    And thanks for the opportunity to let today’s patriots know about this source of information from a liberal arts college that takes absolutely NO Federal dollars and is not constrained by federal educational mandates.


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