What happened in the boycott of British goods socially?  

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The boycott of British goods had an impact in many ways. There were people who felt the colonists were wrong for boycotting the products of British merchants. They believed that the colonists had representation in Parliament. Therefore, they believed the claim of “no taxation without representation” was inaccurate. They believed the colonists were hurting the British merchants whom they viewed as innocent victims of the boycott. They weren’t in support of boycotting British products.

The British merchants were also unhappy with the boycott. The British merchants complained to Parliament that the policies of Parliament were hurting the British merchants. They wanted Parliament to end the tax laws so the colonists would resume buying products from the British merchants. They put pressure of members of Parliament to end the tax laws that the colonists felt were unfair. These laws included the Stamp Act and the Townshend Acts.

In some cases, colonists who agreed to boycott British products were publicly embarrassed when they were caught violating the boycott. The names of those violating the agreement to boycott were published in the newspaper for everybody to see.

The boycott had a definite social impact in the colonies and in Great Britain.