The British 1765 Stamp Act, a law that taxed all printed papers and stamped them "paid," was a major trigger for the American Revolution, according to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Colonists found this tax to be ... More »

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The Stamp Act was enacted in order to fund the protection of the colonists' frontier areas along the Appalachian Mountains. The money primarily went to funding supplies for troops stationed along the frontier. More »

According to UShistory.org, the Stamp Act of 1765 was an attempt on the part of Great Britain's Parliament to reduce the country's national debt, which had grown from £72,289,673 to £129,586,789 over the previous 10 year... More »

The Indian Removal Act, signed into law by President Andrew Jackson on May 28, 1830, effectively forced the exchange of land held by Native American nations in southeastern U.S. states for unsettled land west of the Miss... More »

The Civil Rights Act of 1964, legally known as public law 88-352, changed American history by outlawing de jure discrimination and segregation for protected attributes such as race, gender, color, religion or national or... More »

Colonial men wore wigs in the 17th and 18th centuries because they were considered fashionable, according to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. They had become extremely popular in England and in France before spreadi... More »

The Sugar Act of 1764 disrupted trade between the American colonies and French markets and was one of the laws that hastened, and ended with, the American Revolution. The growing disconnect between the American colonies ... More »