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"The Fatal Year”: Slavery, Violence, and the Stamp Act of 1765

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dc.contributor.advisor Whittenburg, James P.
dc.contributor.author Beatty, Joshua Fogarty, 1972-
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-27T16:22:31Z
dc.date.available 2014-09-27T16:22:31Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10288/20491
dc.description This dissertation represents the first book-length study of the Stamp Act in the American colonies since Edmund and Helen Morgan’s The Stamp Act Crisis: Prologue to Revolution from 1953. As such, it incorporates nearly sixty years of historiographical and methodological evolution to reinterpret the resistance to the Stamp Act as a specifically colonial moment, rather than simply one step on an inevitable and logical path to the American Revolution. The four chapters proceed chronologically through the period May 1765 – May 1766. The first chapter examines the colonists’ decision to resist the Stamp Act and ends in July 1765. Chapter 2 is a study of the crowd actions against crown officers in August through October. The third chapter covers the long winter of nullification, while the final chapter focuses on the repeal celebrations of May 1766. Throughout, this dissertation looks specifically at the colonists’ point of view and uses sources penned in the heat of the moment to reconstruct their states of mind as they reacted to events. It focuses on slavery as the dominant metaphor colonists used for the Stamp Act and shows how the metaphor both dominated print discourse and served to justify violence against supporters of the Act. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher College of William and Mary
dc.subject Great Britain. Stamp Act (1765) en_US
dc.subject United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Causes en_US
dc.title "The Fatal Year”: Slavery, Violence, and the Stamp Act of 1765 en_US
dc.type Electronic Dissertation or Thesis
thesis.degree.level Ph.D. en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Philosophy en_US
thesis.degree.grantor College of William and Mary
dc.contributor.committeeMember Brown, Chandos Michael, 1954-
dc.contributor.committeeMember Schechter, Ronald
dc.contributor.committeeMember Mayer, Holly

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