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Burning of Stamp Act Burning of stamp act. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress

Stamp Act

In 1765, another revenue generating scheme arrived. The Stamp Act required that deeds, almanacs, newspapers, advertisements, playing cards and the like display an official stamp. The stamped paper, of course, cost extra and the “extra” was intended to pay for the colonist’s share of the recent war. The Stamp Act was denounced in Virginia’s House of Burgesses as taxation without representation. A Stamp Act Congress, attended by representatives from most of the colonies, insisted that English colonists retained all the rights of Englishmen including the right to trial by jury (ignored by Vice Admiralty Courts) and that only colonial legislatures could tax colonists.