Note: After this chapter you should have a good understanding of the nature and philosophy of Colonial resistance. Begin to think about the process by which “Resistance” transitions into “Revolution”. You should also have an idea of how inter-colonial relationships formed and how compromise and cooperations developed among them a critical understanding when considering national formation and the expectations of the founders about how American leaders would deal with conflict.
Thought / Response Quotes
- “The Sons of Liberty of this place have wrote to Philadelphia,” he informed his father, “that if they do not make Hugh[e]s resign as fully as the other Distributors … [t]hey will disown them and hold no longer Correspondence with them.”
- “our worthy ancestors … having felt the effects of tyranny … fled … to seek shelter beneath the peaceful wing of liberty,” an article in the Boston Evening Post once proclaimed; hence the colonists were “the sons of noble freedom.”
- “to march with the utmost dispatch, at their own proper costs and expense, on the first proper notice (which must be signified to them by at least six of the sons of liberty) with their whole force if required … to the relief of those that shall, are, or may be in danger from the stamp act.”
- “Such a goal required that the Sons continue earlier efforts to restrain the possible violence of extra-legal gatherings. Military discipline could contribute to this end”
- “the greatest inducements to believe, that the Colonies will never more be threaten’d with such a Fetter, as an Act so mischievously calculated to bereave its Inhabitants of their darling Liberty.”
- Describe the development of inter-colonial Stamp Act resistance
- Describe the evolution of the Stamp Act protests from random inceptions to organized resistance.
- What are some examples of rudimentary inter-colonial cooperation?
- In what ways did the Sons of Liberty in 1765 form an ideal type for colonial resistance?
- What is the history behind the label “Sons of Liberty”?
- How did the New York Sons of Liberty play a special part in inter-colonial cooperation?
- In what ways were the personal and familial relationships between the prominent Sons of Liberty significant?
- What are some examples of personal and familial relationships between the prominent Sons of Liberty impacting the course of resistance?
- Why were personal relationships between the Sons of Liberty essential to the development of inter-colonial resistance?
- Compare and Contrast: Alliances between the “noble families” in Britain and Alliances between Colonial merchants
- Describe the purpose and effectiveness of Committees of Correspondence?
- Name several significant leaders of the Sons of Liberty
- How did the end of the Stamp Act crisis impact the Sons of Liberty?
- How did the formation of the Sons of Liberty impact other colonial social institutions?
- Compare and Contrast the reasoning behind resistance to the Stamp Act in different colonies and regions?
- In what ways did the Sons of Liberty attempt to mobilize the “mass body politic” in the colonies and what was their intentions?
- How did the Sons of Liberty use Colonial newspapers to mobilize resistance?
- What was the Sons of Liberty New London agreement and how was it significant in shaping the wider actions of the Son of Liberty in other colonies?
- What were some examples of the Sons of Liberty cooperating and coordinating with established colonial authorities?
- In what ways did the Sons of Liberty act as a “shadow government” when British authorities dissolved Colonial Assemblies?
- How did the Sons of Liberty seek to balance resistance to British authority with loyalty to the British crown?
- What was the Boston Gazette and the Constitutional Courant what role did it play in Colonial resistance and coordination?
- Who were the “Loyal Nine”?
- In what ways did the repeal of the Stamp Act impact the Sons of Liberty, British authorities and the Colonial public?
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