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Pennsylvania Gazette, Nov 7, 1765, facsimile

Passed by the British Parliament on March 22, 1765, the Stamp Act mandated taxes on all printed paper used in the colonies. The Act was reviled by many colonists who saw it as an example of “taxation without representation”; the passing of taxes without approval of colonial legislatures. Newspapers were the main form of communication between colonies, and served as a barometer for public opinion. This newspaper details anti–Stamp Act activity in different colonies, including boycotts, riots, and, in Halifax, the burning of taxmen in effigy.

Credit: PA Gazette Nov. 7, 1765, facsimile