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How did the Sons of Liberty resist British rule?

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The Sons of Liberty were a group of tradesmen and workers from Boston who actively opposed British rule in the late-eighteenth century. One way they did this was through the printed word. One of the members, Benjamin Edes, was a printer and the other, John Gill, a journalist for the  ...

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The Sons of Liberty were a group of tradesmen and workers from Boston who actively opposed British rule in the late-eighteenth century. One way they did this was through the printed word. One of the members, Benjamin Edes, was a printer and the other, John Gill, a journalist for the Boston Gazette used their expertise to produce a steady stream of anti-British publications.

On August 14 1765, the Sons made an effigy of Andrew Oliver, the man chosen to collect the proceeds from the notorious Stamp Act in Massachusetts. The effigy was found hanging from a tree alongside a large boot with a devil hanging from it. The discovery of this effigy prompted a mob to raid Oliver's house and sent a clear message to the British militia. 

From this point, the Sons resisted British rule by forcing Stamp Duty Collectors to resign their position and by placing pressure, and sometimes violence, on merchants who did not follow their agenda. 

By the end of 1765, the Sons' influence had spread far beyond the Massachusetts Colony and had sent a clear message to the British government. 

 

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