Fun Fact March 22, 2021.
22 March 2021
Taxation without representation! According to History dot com, it was on this date in 1765 that the British Government passed the Stamp Act. It was an effort to raise funds to pay off debts and defend the vast new American territories. The act placed a tax on all materials printed for commercial and legal use in the colonies, from newspapers and pamphlets to playing cards and dice. This was the latest in a series of taxes levied against the colonies and the colonist were not amused. Nine of the thirteen colonies sent representatives to the Stamp Act Congress, at which the “Declaration of Rights and Grievances,” was drafted. It was a document that railed against the policies of the British empire. Britain abolished the Stamp Act the following year, but the seeds of independence were sown and the Sons Of Liberty were formed. Out of their meetings, a growing nationalism emerged that would culminate in the American Revolution a decade later.