The Stamp Act and the Stamp Act Congress (1765)
The Stamp Act Congress met in New York City in 1965 to discuss the Stamp Act,
which required that stamps be placed on almanacs, playing cards, legal and commercial
papers, newspapers and other paper items. The passage of this Stamp Act caused a wave of
demonstrations and protests throughout the 13 colonies, (Findling & Thackeray, 2011). In
1765, the Massachusetts House of Representatives issued a card call for all the colonies to
send delegates to New York City to attend a Stamp Act Congress which convened on
October 7,1765 and lasted until October 25. 27 delegates from nine colonies attended it.
These colonies were:
These delegates composed a lost of grievances and then petitioned the Parliament and
King George II to repeal the hated Stamp Act, (Findling & Thackeray, 2011). This Stamp Act
Congress maintained that the parliament did not have the right to tax the American colonies
considering that taxation was based on Parliamentary representation and the 13 colonies did
not have any representatives in the Parliament. The rallying cry of the anti-Stamp Tax
movement became “No taxation without representation”. The Stamp Act Congress thus
marled the beginnings of cooperation amo...