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The Stamp Act Crisis by Edmund Morgan

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"Morgan's writing is, as always, highly readable. This interpretation disputes the Progressive interpretation that the colonists were acting merely for economic self-interest. Morgan argues that they genuinely believed in the constitutional principles they advocated, and did not simply use them to "get ahead."

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... The mass chaos and almost complete lack of societal functioning is given its due course. With the Stamp Act's law requiring stamped documents for daily business activities like bills of laden for ships and legal documents for lawyers, the absence of these stamps prevented customs houses from clearing ships or courts from hearing cases. Law and commerce effectively ceased. The building discomfort in Boston, and throughout the colonies, was palpable...

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