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Who were the Sons of Liberty?

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted December 3, 2010 at 6:40 AM via web

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Who were the Sons of Liberty?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 3, 2010 at 6:50 AM (Answer #1)

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The Sons of Liberty were the most famous Patriot organization in the time leading up to the Revolutionary War.  They were a loose organization of people from various colonies that sprang up in opposition to the Stamp Act.

They were in some ways similar to the later Committees of Correspondence in that they were important in maintaining contact between the patriot communities in the various colonies.

After the repeal of the Stamp Act, the Sons of Liberty pretty much disbanded because they thought their work was done.  They did not really play a role in the immediate run-up to the Revolution, but they did play a major role in organizing the first serious colonial resistance to British authority.

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