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Colonial Money and Stamp Act Anger
Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM EST
Category: Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens

Join historian Rick Morrison as he explores the issues of the Currency Act and its impact on colonial resistance to the Stamp Act.

Admission is free; donations are appreciated.

“No taxation without representation!” is the clarion call most Americans associate with colonial resistance to Britain’s Stamp Act of 1765. American arguments against Parliament’s authority to tax the American colonies, without direct colonial representation, are well known and appreciated today. However, the political and economic doctrine of mercantilism and Parliament’s Currency Act of 1764 add interesting dynamics to the Stamp Act resistance. A chronic shortage of currency—an outgrowth of British mercantile policies—required the American colonies to develop alternative forms of currency to promote their local economies and trade.

Rick Morrison is a retired naval officer, homeland security analyst, and disaster response analyst. He holds degrees in healthcare administration, history, management, and national security and strategic studies. A 2017 graduate from UNC Wilmington in history, Rick currently works as a historic interpreter at the Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens in Wilmington and Fort Fisher State Historic Site in Kure Beach.