The act was vehemently denounced in the colonies by those it most affected: businessmen, merchants, journalists, lawyers, and other powerful persons. Among these were Samuel Adams , Christopher Gadsden , Patrick Henry , John Dickinson , John Lamb , Joseph Warren , and Paul Revere . Associations known as the Sons of Liberty were formed to organize opposition to the Stamp Act. Merchants boycotted English goods stamp distributors were forced to resign and stamps were destroyed and the Massachusetts legislature, at the suggestion of James Otis , issued a call for a general congress to find means of resisting the law.
See J. L. Bullion, A Great and Necessary Measure: George Grenville and the Genesis of the Stamp Act (1983) E. S. and H. M. Morgan, The Stamp Act Crisis (rev. ed. 1983).
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