Historical Analysis Of Virginian Resolutions On The Stamp Act ( 1765 )

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Historical Analysis of Virginian Resolutions on the Stamp Act (1765) The Stamp Act that was passed by Parliament in 1765 caused the first major split between England and the American Colonies. Great Britain had incurred a large loss due to the outcome of the Seven Years’ war. Parliament decided to raise taxes directly through the colonists instead of doing it through the usual regulation of trade. The Stamp Act required all printed material in the colonies to require a stamp bought from the authorities. The colonists felt this was extremely unconstitutional, against their liberties and their rights. In 1765, this motivated the Virginia’s House of Burgesses orator, Patrick Henry, to write a document titled “Virginia Resolutions on the Stamp Act”. In this document Henry wrote seven resolutions to Virginia’s House of Burgesses regarding the Stamp Act, but only four were approved; the rest were deemed too radical. Regardless of how many resolutions were approved, all seven were reprinted in the colonial newspapers, which is important for the intention of the document, because it will be what the colonists read. This paper will analyze the document and argue why the Virginian Resolutions on the Stamp Act started to fuel the fire behind the revolution. The Virginian Resolutions on the Stamp Act embodied the ideas of the colonies that led the start of the American Revolution because it caused merchants in the colonies to boycott British goods, it also reminded the colonists that

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