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The Macksey Journal

Abstract

The Stamp Act was passed by British Parliament on March 22, 1765. The first direct tax on the colonies, it resulted in widespread resistance throughout New York, New Jersey and all of Britain’s North American colonies. William Livingston, at the time an established lawyer, essayist, and political propagandist, led the colony’s opposition. Livingston utilized The New-York Gazette or Weekly Post- Boy as a vehicle to reach a broader audience to present his arguments against the tax and to highlight Parliament's subversion to trial by jury, a violation of American liberties. His legal career was directly affected by The Stamp Act and resulted in Livingston’s and his constituents’ staunch resistance regarding the oppressive British Monarch. This analysis of Livingston's propaganda in opposition to The Stamp Act will explore his ideology with regards to resisting royal authority while remaining a loyal subject in the British Empire and explore his initial resistance towards independence at the onset of the Revolutionary War.

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