Browsing: Stamp Act and the Beginning of Political Activism

The Stamp Act was a law that required all colonial residents to pay a stamp tax on virtually every printed paper including legal documents, bills of sale, contracts, wills, advertising, pamphlets, almanacs, and even playing cards and dice. The tax affected every resident especially lawyers who were increasingly in a position of power.  The act was passed in May and was scheduled to take effect November 1st, 1765. Many colonists thought the tax was unfair and had almost a year to show their discontent through peaceful and violent protests. Effigy of a tax collector hung in the Liberty Tree in…

In May 1765 colonial residents learned that England had passed a new law called the This Act marks the beginning of the and American independence. It was also the beginning of a new chapter in John Adams’ life and his involvement in political activism. . Opposition to the Stamp Act created the Stamp Act crisis. This is an invitation by the Sons of Liberty to a meeting under the Liberty Tree to demand the resignation of  Andrew Oliver, the stamp distributor. . John Adams’  involvement in political activism started in August 1765 when he published an essay in the Boston…

John Adams moved to Boston Cheered by the repeal of the Stamp Act in 1766 the situation in Boston was back to normal. Americans did not protests the newly adopted Declaratory Act, however many, specially Sons of Liberty members saw more taxation coming their way. As John’s caseload in Boston increased he spent long periods of time separated from his family. In April of 1768 John, , Nabby and infant John Quincy moved to Boston. This move, he thought, would allow him to spend more time with his family. They moved to a  “white house” in Brattle Street.  His business was…