ERIC Number: ED156587
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
The Stamp Act in Georgia, 1765-1766.
Cook, James F.
Effects of the Stamp Act in the Colony of Georgia in 1765 are explored. The pamphlet is one in a series of materials about the American Revolution in Georgia. Designed for junior and senior high school students, it can be used as supplementary reading or a short unit. A teacher's guide is included. The Stamp Act was levied by Britain to force the colonies to help pay for Britain's losses in the French and Indian War. It required that almost everything formally written or printed in the colonies appear on specially stamped paper shipped from London. Colonists immediately petitioned for repeal, arguing that only colonial legislatures, not Parliament, could tax the colonies. They demanded no taxation without representation in the House of Commons in London. As Britain refused, the colonies began boycotts of British goods and violent demonstrations. In Georgia, protest was not as strong because the colony was young, poor, and fairly respectful of the King. Also, Georgia Governor James Wright was well liked and trusted. However, he enforced the Stamp Act and thereby prompted small violent clashes. Wright was the only colonial governor who managed to sell some stamps before colonialists' protests became more forceful. After moving the supply of stamps several times to prevent their destruction, Wright learned that Britain had repealed the Act. However, it had prompted a split in political thinking which paved the way for the Revolution. The teacher's guide suggests behavioral objectives and activities based on the text. (Author/AV)
Descriptors: Colonial History (United States), Conflict, Governance, Instructional Materials, Junior High School Students, Learning Activities, Political Issues, Reading Materials, Revolutionary War (United States), Secondary Education, State History, Supplementary Reading Materials, Tax Effort, Taxes, Teaching Guides, Textbooks, United States History
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Georgia Commission for the Bicentennial Celebration, Atlanta.; Georgia State Dept. of Education, Atlanta.
Note: For related documents, see SO 010 986-993; Figures on several pages may not reproduce clearly in hard copy due to poor reproducibility of original document