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"No Stamped Paper to be Had," New-York Mercury, October 28, November 2 and 7, 1765

No Stamped Paper to be Had (New-York Mercury supplement)

No Stamped Paper to be Had (New-York Mercury supplement)

New York State Library, NYSL_NYMercury_17651107
 
Document Description
"No Stamped Paper to be had," November 7, 1765 and additional information dated October 28, and November 2, 1765.
 
Questions
What was happening in places such as Halifax, Nova Scotia, New York, and Philadelphia?
 
Who was involved?
 
How might the British react?
 
Based on the evidence, do you think these actions will benefit or harm the colonists? Explain.
 
Why is there not enough stamped paper or why are the shipments not getting through?
 
 
Historical Challenges
Compare the impact of Colonial taxes with those levied in Great Britain and evaluate the economic claims made by those in the Americas.
 
 
 
Interdisciplinary Connections
ELA
Conduct a mock debate with representatives from each Colonial geographic location and attempt to create a consensus of ways to protest the Stamp Act.
 
 
 
Resources
Exceprts from various Parliamentary Acts—Quartering Act, Sugar Act, Stamp Act, Townshend Acts, and Tea Act.
 
Kennedy, David M., et al. The American Pageant. Houghton Mifflin: NY, 2002.
 
Morgan, Edmund S., and Helen M. Morgan. The Stamp Act Crisis: Prologue to Revolution. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1953
 
 
"Parliamentary Policies: Did Parliamentary Policies Toward the Thirteen Colonies After 1760 Justify the American Call for Independence?" History in Dispute. Ed. Keith Krawczynski. Vol. 12: The American Revolution, 1763-1789. Detroit: St. James Press, 2003. 230-238. U.S. History In Context. Web. 15 Mar. 2013.
 
Thomas, Peter D. G. British Politics and the Stamp Act Crisis: The First Phase of the American Revolution, 1763–1767. Oxford and New York: Clarendon Press, 1975.
 
Wahlke, John C. Causes of the American Revolution. Boston: DC Heath, 1962.
 
Wood, Gordon S. The Radicalism of the American Revolution. NY: Alfred Knopf, 1992.
 
 

Historical Context
Throughout the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, trade in the colonies was regulated by England in an economic system known as mercantilism.  In the mercantilist system, the colonies were forced to buy many of their goods from England and to sell many of their goods only to England.  The Navigation Acts passed beginning in the 1650s limited the types of goods that could be bought from or sold to countries other than England.  These laws ensured that England benefited economically more than the colonies.  However, the colonies were able to establish trade relationships with other nations through legal and illegal means.  For example, New England merchants often disobeyed the Navigation Acts when engaging in a triangular trade with the West Indies and West Africa in which goods and slaves were exchanged.
            After the French and Indian War, which raged in British North America from 1754-1763, England needed a way to pay off the debts resulting from the war.  They passed a series of acts that affected the economy of the colonies.  The Quartering Act of 1765 required colonial governments to pay to house and feed British troops stationed in the colonies. The Stamp Act of 1765 required colonists to purchase stamped paper from England for a variety of necessary documents.  The Townshend, or Revenue, Act of 1767 taxed certain goods imported to the colonies, including tea.  The colonists resented being taxed for goods by England because the taxes hindered their economic prosperity and because they had no representatives in the British Parliament to speak for them.  As a result, many colonists boycotted tea, causing England to pass the Tea Act, which lowered the price of British tea to undercut colonial merchants who smuggled tea from other suppliers. The Tea Act created a virtual British monopoly, which was harmful to merchants in the major port cities in the Northeast, including New York and Boston.  Some colonists in New York protested these economic restrictions through peaceful means.  For example, some people published essays against the economic acts.  Other colonists protested through mob action, and a group in New York known as the Sons of Liberty, inspired by the Boston Tea Party, threw tea overboard in New York Harbor in April of 1774.  Eventually, many colonists protested Britain’s restrictive economic acts by rebelling against England and proclaiming independence.
 
 
Essential Question
How were the colonists reacting to the Stamp Act?
 
 
Check for Understanding
Why did the Stamp Act anger the colonists?