Parliament was persuaded to pass an act in 1765 called the Stamp Act. This act taxed wills, diplomas, marriage papers, newspapers, almanacs, playing cards, and even dice. The Stamp Act was meant to raise money for Britain, even though it was not necessary. The colonists started protesting. They did not think it was right to tax on all these things, and it was unjust. Colonists threw rocks and tarred and feathered agents.