Unformatted text preview: The disconnect only worsened when, in 1764, Britain proposed the Stamp Act–which would raise revenue through a special stamp placed on newspapers, legal documents, and commercial papers. Britain saw the Stamp Act as a progressive tax, in that it would be spread across all the colonies in proportion to each colony's wealth. The colonists, again, saw it differently. Since the working-class were most often involved in legal battles, the act hit them particularly hard and, thus, helped to rouse one of the most powerful demographic groups to oppose Britain. Colonists burned the Chancellor of the Exchequer in effigy and promised to hang him if he ever visited the colonies. Sons of Liberty clubs sprang up to oppose the tax, and they burned the stamps and drove out the stamp collectors. The Boston Sons of Liberty, headed by Sam Adams, were among the stamp collectors....
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
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