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- Coming of the American Revolution
News of the Stamp Act, which places a duty on items including newspapers, legal documents, licenses, and playing cards, reaches the American colonies in the spring of 1765. As legislators within each colony craft lofty petitions, other citizens plot an assortment of more dramatic activities to protest the unwanted tax. Adopting names including "Sons of Liberty," committees within each colony intend to prevent the Stamp Act from taking effect on 1 November 1765. Intimidation is their method of choice, and their primary targets are the colonists who have been appointed stamp distributors by the British ministry. While the protests occasionally turn violent, most demonstrations appear almost playful despite their menacing undertones.
To examine all six pages of this newspaper, please see the online display of The Massachusetts Gazette, 21 November 1765.