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The Stamp Act
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.91

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     challenging words:    bloodless, displeasure, abide, further, agreement, unfair, treasury, power, lasted, convince, ease, against, legal, protection, wife, fight
     content words:    King George III, King James II, Glorious Revolution, King George, Stamp Act, Magna Carta


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The Stamp Act
By Jane Runyon
  

1     England was ruled by King George III. You might think that he could do anything he wanted, but that is not true. In 1688, the British people supported a bloodless revolution that got rid of the king they had, King James II, and replaced him with William of Orange and his wife, Mary. Have you ever heard of the College of William and Mary in Virginia? It was named after this king and queen. To make sure that the revolution was completed without any further trouble, the people made a deal with the new monarchs. The agreement took a great deal of power away from the king and queen and gave it to Parliament. Parliament was a governing body representing the people of England. This was called a Glorious Revolution because of the ease with which the transfer of power took place. King George had to abide by the same rules which were set up after this revolution.
 
2     The English treasury was in bad shape. Money had been spent faster than it was being brought in. One of the causes for the spending drain on the treasury was the colonies. It took money to pay the troops being used to protect the colonies. It took money to pay the English governors who had been assigned to the colonies. It took money to fight wars against the French and the Indians in the colonies. King George reasoned that if money was being spent on the colonies, then the colonists needed to be paying for these services. It would be much easier to convince Parliament to tax the colonists than to try to get more money from the already poor English citizens.
 
3     One of the taxes which King George devised was called the Stamp Act. This tax would require colonists to pay an extra amount of money for every printed piece of .....
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