The Stamp Act
The Stamp Act was passed by the British Parliament on March 22, 1765. This act was an act of taxation that was enforced on the american colonies. This tax was absurd because the colonists had to pay taxes for everything made out of paper, from legal documents to playing cards. Of course this taxation enraged the majority of the American Colonies. The tax was not too expensive, but they were enraged because they thought the taxation of paper was insulting. Another reason the American colonists were exasperated with the British was that the British did not consult their laws with Americans officials of the colonies. A law was passed in Virginia where a group of legislators stated that the “Americans possessed the same rights as the English, especially the right to be taxed only by their own representatives. (J. Henson)” The new law also said that people against this law will be recognized as a betrayer to the American Colonies. This action was a huge part why the Americans wanted to have their own country, they were not respected, they were ignored by the British and felt inferior. The Americans were soon going to rebel against the British government thanks to acts like the Stamp Act.
Henson, Jonathon. "Colonial Williamsburg Official History Site - Mobile Version." A Summary of the 1765 Stamp Act : The Colonial Williamsburg Official History & Citizenship Site. History, Feb.-Mar. 2009. Web. 10 Nov. 2014.