The Pennsylvania Journal ran this satirical ad on October 24, 1765, to protest the passage of the Stamp Act. The skull and crossbones symbolized the death of the free press resulting from the passage of the act.
“No taxation without representation!” In 1765, the passage of the Stamp Acts unexpectedly unified American colonists in protest against a tax. The Act threatened American liberty, freedom of the press and incited rebellion and mob attacks throughout the colonies. One of the loudest voices to oppose the Stamp Act was Patrick Henry, who would submit a series of resolves and ultimately set the colonies on a steady path towards revolution!