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The Stamp Act Crisis

Prologue to Revolution

Edmund S. Morgan and Helen M. Morgan

Publisher: Omohundro Institute
Imprint: OIEAHC
Published: 03/1953
Reprint: 1995
Pages: 342
Subject: Colonial, Revolutionary Era & Early American History
Paperback ISBN: 9780807845134
eBook ISBN: 9780807899793



The Stamp Act, the first direct tax on the American colonies, provoked an immediate and violent response. The Stamp Act Crisis, originally published by UNC Press in 1953, identifies the issues that caused the confrontation and explores the ways in which the conflict was a prelude to the American Revolution.


Edmund S. Morgan is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University. His many books include American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia and Inventing the People: The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America.

The late Helen M. Morgan was Eward S. Morgan's wife and collaborator.


"Impressive! . . . The authors have given us a searching account of the crisis and provided some memorable portraits of officials in America impaled on the dilemma of having to enforce a measure which they themselves opposed."
--New York Times

"A brilliant contribution to the colonial field. Combining great industry, astute scholarship, and a vivid style, the authors have sought 'to recreate two years of American history.' They have succeeded admirably."
--William and Mary Quarterly

"Required reading for anyone interested in those eventful years preceding the American Revolution."
--Political Science Quarterly