Category: Stamp Act and the Beginning of Political Activism

What was the Stamp Act?

Stamp Act

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 […] more

Stamp Act and the beginning of political activism

Sons of Liberty

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. […] more

After the Stamp Act

Letters of a Farmer in Pennsylvania

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 […] more