Stamp Act Riot

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STAMP ACT RIOT in New York City on 31 October 1765 was one among many instances of violent resistance to British policy during the autumn of 1765.The riot was preceded by uprisings in Boston and in Newport, Rhode Island, and it led to continuing unrest in New York City and in other provinces. The total effect was to render the Stamp Act unenforceable, as stamp distributors resigned their posts one-by-one.

Like the others, the New York uprising was planned. It expressed discontent against the Stamp Act, against

the British military and naval presence in New York, and against the pattern of Anglo-American politics.


Countryman, Edward. A People in Revolution: The American Revolution and Political Society in New York, 1760–1790. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981.

Tiedemann, Joseph S. Reluctant Revolutionaries: New York City and the Road to Independence, 1763–1776. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1997.


See alsoRiots .