Philadelphia Historic Timeline - 1765: Parliament passes the Stamp Act, levying a tax on various papers, documents and playing cards. This tax must be paid in British sterling, not colonial currencies. The American colonies protest. Later that year, Parliament repeals the act.
While representing Pennsylvania in Parliament, Benjamin Franklin supports the Stamp Act as a legitimate way for England to recoup expenses associated with the French and Indian War. This infuriates Philadelphians. A mob heads to Franklin Court, where Deborah Franklin waits for them, musket in hand. Friends support her, and the mob backs off. Later, Franklin thanks his wife for her courage. The incident makes the statesman more aware of America’s growing anger with British policies.
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