Elizabeth Charlotte Smith: How The Stamp Act Changed My Life

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My name is Elizabeth Charlotte Smith, but most people call me Ellie. The Stamp Act is over as I write this. Let me tell you about the last couple of months. I live in a family of six, with my mother, my father, my two younger sisters, and my older brother. We all live in an average-sized house along the coast of New York, a place where the Stamp Act affected us all. Marie is seven, Kate is four, and my brother Henry is almost seventeen. As for me, I’m one of the middle children at twelve years old. On March 22, 1765, only three days after little Kate turned three; Parliament did something that impacted my family’s lifestyle greatly. It was called the Stamp Act of 1765. This act changed my life and the life of my family completely. Whenever we need to buy food, Mother always makes us to go to…show more content…
Our family cares more about Taxation without Representation then the Stamp Act itself. It’s one thing that the colonial assembly in New York had already used a stamp system to raise tax revenues for the colonies since it was voted for in New York, but I feel that it is quite different when the Crown puts this tax in place without even considering what the colonies might feel about…show more content…
Our next door neighbors own a printing press and they already told us that they will make sure to print and distribute anti-Crown flyers as soon as the first stamps begin to show up on the many legal documents they print. Even our family indirectly relies on printing to earn money. All birth certificates and wedding documents also need to be stamped before approved. The whole community agrees with Patrick Henry and his well-thought quote. “Give me liberty or give me death” is now a popular saying. Benjamin Franklin’s speeches are also the talk of the

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