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The Stamp Act Crisis: Prologue to Revolution
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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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
May 01, 2013 Anthony rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
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
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
Concise history of the Stamp Act of 1765 and its effect on the American colonies. The Morgans use a personal narrative to describe men and events but avoid falling into the oral history trap. There are some sympathetic portrayals of the unfortunates who were chosen to enforce the act, as well as the power of the newly formed "Sons of Liberty", the leading citizens of the American cities who organized resistance to the act.