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The Stamp Act Crisis: Prologue to Revolution

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The Stamp Act, the first direct tax on the American colonies, provoked an immediate and violent response. The Stamp Act Crisis, originally published by UNC Press in 1953, identifies the issues that caused the confrontation and explores the ways in which the conflict was a prelude to the American Revolution.
Paperback, 342 pages
Published March 20th 1995 by University of North Carolina Press (first published January 1st 1953)
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Frank Stein

A 1953 book that has been re-issued innummerable times since, and with good reason. Ed and Helen Morgan's work on the stamp act protests of 1764 and 1765 was one of the first in generations to take the ideology of both colonists and British politicians seriously. Rather than tell a typical Progressive tale about conflicting classes and the rise of the bourgeois, Morgan intricately analyzed how people used terms like legislation, representation, and taxation, and what it meant for the crisis. He...more
The Spirit of '65! Edmund Morgan's Stamp Act Crisis: Prologue to Revolution delivers a highly detailed and scholarly examination of one of the most volatile and politically-charged episodes of the pre-Revolutionary era. We are treated to an analysis of the key players (Colonial Assemblymen, Royal Governors, Colonial Agents, Parliamentarians, Stamp Officers, merchants, pamphleteers, and mob organizers), the key events (passage, resolutions, boycotts, mob violence, political wrangling, repeal, and...more
Nov 09, 2007 Nicholas rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Excellent treatment
It is often written that the American Revolution had several causes, the predominant instigator being the 1765 Stamp Act, a resolution that levied a tax against the colonies that the Americans found so reprehensible that it spawned the drive towards revolution. Edmund and Helen Morgan's The Stamp Act Crisis: Prologue to Revolution is a worthy examination of this critical event that factored so heavily in American history. The Morgans focus the Stamp Act's effects on one specific colony, Massachu...more
Mar 13, 2009 Jon added it
P G T Thomas offers many important revisions to Morgan's story - especially on the Postponement and whether Grenville invited alternate suggestions from the colonial legislatures : Morgan says he did - Thomas shows that he was misunderstood on that point.
A Classic example of 1950s top-down, dead white guy history. Women, minorities, and lower classes (other than the mob perspective) are not represented in this monograph. Still, highly usefull for gaining understanding of the Stamp act crisis.
Taylor Stoermer
For a half-century this book has been the best overview of the Stamp Act crisis from the American perspective. I don't see that changing in another half-century. It begs, however, for a British companion or transatlantic synthesis.
Mar 02, 2013 Noah added it
I read this book over the summer for an American history class and learned a lot. I was expecting the same standard for the subsequent books we read. No one, however, was even able to approach the Morgans.
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