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Stamp Act Box, 1766

Stamp Act Box, 1766

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This leather document box celebrated the repeal of the 1765 Stamp Act, a Parliamentary tax on colonial newspapers, pamphlets, legal documents, and playing cards. Most Americans and many Britons in England welcomed the repeal as a way to heal divisions within the empire. Several similar boxes have survived, each with different initials but marked with the same phrase and date.
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1766 03 18
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 5 1/2 in x 14 1/2 in x 7 3/4 in; 13.97 cm x 36.83 cm x 19.685 cm
ID Number
catalog number
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Stamp Act
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Political and Military History: Political History, General History Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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