Lead: In the 1700s the United States broke from England. No colony in history had done that before. This series examines America’s Revolution.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: Though it was proceeded and followed by far more consequential revenue acts originating in the British Parliament, the Stamp Act was perhaps the most significant of these measures because of the reaction it provoked in the North American colonies. Beginning with the Patrick Henry-authored Virginia Resolves in late spring 1765, resistance and revulsion, sometimes quite violent, particularly in Massachusetts, spread outward from the Commonwealth. This antagonism demonstrated for the first time a unity of common oppositional spirit among the colonies to this obvious violation of one of the premier foundations of the British Constitution, namely, that no one should be taxed unless represented in the taxing body, hence no taxation without representation.

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