Proceedings of the Congress on the Subject of the American Stamp Act
Early Edition. “Authentic Account of the Proceedings of the Congress Held a New-York, In MDCCLXV, on the Subject of the American Stamp Act” was first published in 1767, this volume is an early edition published in the same year. This work is an account of the proceedings of the Stamp Act Congress, also known as the Continental Congress of 1765, that was held in New York, New York from October 7 to 25, 1765. This congress was the first meeting of representatives of the American Colonies and its goal was to create a unified voice against the new British tax that was to go into effect with the passage of The Stamp Act of 1765, which was an Act of Parliament that levied a direct tax on the Colonies and required many printed materials, including legal documents, newspapers, and playing cards, be produced on stamped paper produced in London.
The tax was imposed to fund British military activities in the Colonies at the end of the French and Indian War. The tax was extremely unpopular among the colonists and the slogan “no taxation without representation” clearly stated their opinion on the matter. The Stamp Act was repealed less than a year later. This played a major role in the eventual American Revolution.