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Stamp and Sugar Act

In October 1774, the Congress came up with the passage of association which was supposed to end the trade with Britain. However, as some of the moderate colonists wished that there be reconciliation, it was not possible. Reconciliation between the 13 American colonies and Great Britain was not possible in 1774. This was because the 13 colonies did not agree with what the British government proposed that they have to pay a lot of taxes, yet they had served the British government during the 7-year war. Therefore reconciliation was not possible, and with the trend of the British government to collect more taxes and more revenue from the colonies to support its ever-increasing officials and army, there broke a big war against their wish. The 13 colonies refused the issue of stamp policy whereby everything a person did was to be taxed. This was refused with so much aggression that in March 1766, the stamp act was repealed (Morgan, & Morgan, 1953). 

The colonists, therefore, reacted so fiercely to the sugar act. The act was to tax Americans even more after their resources were drained during the seven years of war. Therefore this was one of the reasons why the colonists very much refused the stamp act. Apart from this, the Americans did not want to be overtaxed, and therefore they refused the stamp act (Morgan, & Morgan, 1953). The Britain government brought in the sugar act to prevent the smuggling of molasses from India into America and, at the same time, increase taxes for the people who wanted to bring items into America from other countries (Trethewey, 1969). This was also opposed, and James Otis and Samuel Adams led the opposition.


Morgan, E. S., & Morgan, H. M. (1953). The Stamp Act Crisis: Prologue to Revolution. UNC Press Books.

Trethewey, R. J. (1969). The Economic Burden of the Sugar Act. The American Economist, 13(1), 63-71.