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The Pennsylvania Journal and Weekly Advertiser, 1765

This advertisement in the Pennsylvania Journal and Weekly Advertiser describes the American colonists’ reactions to the Stamp Act of 1765, which raised taxes on all printed papers used by the colonies. The use of words like “doleful,” “dreadful,” and, perhaps most tellingly, “dollar less,” as well as the skull and crossbones motif, shows the colonists’ frustration with this Act.

Credit: The Pennsylvania Journal and Weekly Advertiser, 1765, front page. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division (reproduction number, LC-USZ62-21637 [B&W film copy negative]).