The Stamp Act was passed by the British Parliament on March 22, 1765. The new tax was imposed on all American colonists and required them to pay a tax on every piece of printed paper they used. {taxation without representation} Not a single paper or document escaped this tax {even playing cards}. The money collected by the Stamp act was to be used to help pay the costs of defending and protecting the American frontier near the Appalachian Mountains. {10,000 troops were to be stationed on the American frontier for that purpose}. The actual cost of the Stamp act was relatively small. What made the law so offensive to the colonists was not so much its immediate cost but the standard it seemed to set. In the past, taxes and duties had been viewed measures to regulate commerce, not to raise money. The Stamp Act however, was viewed as a direct attempt by England to raise money in the colonies. The colonists reasoned if this new tax were allowed to pass without resistance, the door would be open for far more troublesome taxation in the future. The Virginia House of Burgesses adopted Patrick Henry’s Stamp Act Resolves. These resolves declared the Americans possessed the same rights as the English; and that anyone supporting the right of Parliament to tax Virginian’s should be considered an enemy of the colony. A watered down version was passed by The Virginia House of Burgess, But Virginia Governor Fauquier defeated the whole bill.

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution