Where any of the acts that contributed to the American Revolution repealed?Such as the Stamp Act, Sugar Act, Townshend Act, Quartering Act, or the Coercive Act.

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Some of the acts passed by Parliament during the 1760’s and 1770’s were eventually repealed due to the public outcry from the American colonies.

One of the first act to be repealed was the Stamp Act, which was passed by parliament in 1765. This act taxed many printed goods the colonist used everyday, such as books, newspapers and legal documents. The colonies began boycotts in protest over the act, and the British eventually repealed the act due to economic pressure.

The Townsend Acts were passed in 1767 as an expansion of the Stamp Act. This act taxed most export from Britain, and resulted in a new wave of boycotts. The British decided to hold firm despite mounting economic pressure, but after the Boston Massacre they relented slightly, repealing almost all the duties except for the one on tea. The Tea Act, which didn’t cost the colonist anything extra due to the fact that the tea was heavily discounted, was never repealed, but became more or less moot when the colonists boycotted tea in every harbor it landed. In Boston however, it was dumped into the harbor during the famous Boston Tea Party.