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Declaration of Rights

Declaration of Rights by Stamp Act Congress of 1765

The Declaration of Rights by the Stamp Act Congress of 1765 is a powerful and eloquent statement of the colonists' grievances against British rule. The document articulates the fundamental principles of liberty and self-government that would come to define the American Revolution. It boldly declares that no taxes can be imposed on the colonies without their consent, and that they have the right to trial by jury and representation in government.

The Declaration of Rights is a courageous and defiant response to British oppression, and a rallying cry for colonial unity. It is a seminal work of political philosophy that laid the groundwork for the fight for independence. The language is stirring and inspiring, and the ideas expressed in the document resonate with the values of democracy and freedom that are cherished by Americans to this day.

Overall, the Declaration of Rights by the Stamp Act Congress of 1765 is a significant and important historical document that continues to be studied and admired for its influence on the course of American history. It is a reminder of the importance of standing up for one's rights and liberties in the face of tyranny and oppression.

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On June 8, 1765 James Otis, supported by the Massachusetts Assembly sent a letter to each colony calling for a general meeting of delegates. The meeting was to be held in New York City in October. Representatives from nine colonies met in New York. Though New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia did not send delegates, the Assemblies of those missing colonies nonetheless agreed to support the works of the Congress. The meetings were held in Federal Hall in New York, and the delegates assembled on October 2. They spent less than two weeks in discussion and at their final meeting on October 19, 1765 adopted the Declaration of Rights and approved its use in petitions to the King and two letters to Parliament. The Declaration of Rights and Grievances raised thirteen points of colonial protest.

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