The 250th anniversary of the passing of the Stamp Act today has brought to light several issues. First among them is the book from which that quote comes. The Causes of the American Revolution (1950) is part of a series, “Problems in American Civilization.” The physical book in my library of
crappy old books was published in 1950. There are three versions of this book available on Amazon. And let me say that if you are an American history buff, this is an excellent book. The version that comes up first in my search is the 2011 reprint (approx. $15.00 in paperback).
This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world’s literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.
Unfortunately, the blurb does not list original publication date.
The third is a 1966 edition ($0.99).
[That is some range of pricing, isn’t it? $0.00 to $59.98. I might could buy a bookshelf with that difference. And to think I paid one whole dollar for this
crappy old book.]
The book is short– only about 120 pages of nine academic papers addressing in one way or another a controversy that was brewing in the early part of last century– namely to what extent were economic forces/considerations the root cause of the Revolution as contrasted with ideological concerns?
The second interesting issue is the fact that the passing of The Stamp Act is noted in the 1928 (1st) edition of Anniversaries and Holidays, but not the 1944 (2nd) edition. I haven’t looked ahead to see if the quick repeal of The Stamp Act is noted in either of them.
The third interesting issue is that there is a whole web site devoted to The Stamp Act.
There is really no excuse for being ignorant of American history. I mean, “Every got a phone, now,” right?
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