The Precursor to the Declaration of Independence

This month marks 250 years since the de facto start of the Revolution. Passage of the Stamp Act irretrievably set the stage for revolution. The act went into effect November 1, 1765, the first direct British tax on Americans.

It was the principle, not the magnitude of the tax that infuriated the colonists. If taxation without representation was allowed to stand, Americans would be at risk of taxes on an unlimited array of targets. They would become slaves on a British tax plantation rather than citizens of a democracy.

Source: The Precursor to the Declaration of Independence

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