An act of the British Parliament in 1756 that exacted revenue from the American colonies by imposing a stamp duty on newspapers and legal and commercial documents. Colonial opposition led to the act’s repeal in 1766 and helped encourage the revolutionary movement against the British Crown.
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- In colonial Boston, juries regularly refused to indict citizens accused of violating the Stamp Act and other unpopular policies.
- Thus the attempt to enforce the Stamp Act proved utterly ineffectual.
- But while the moderate Whigs were alarmed by the specter of social conflict thrown up by the riots, they were reluctant to do anything which might actually assist in the execution of the Stamp Act.
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