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Correspondence between the various groups began, toward the mutual support and defense of the cause. This flag was also associated with the Sons of Liberty. It is believed that the Sons of Liberty did this to excite the lower classes and get them actively involved in rebelling against the authorities. See timeline of the American Revolution.

To call them rebels in is premature, and radicals seems needlessly pejorative. In December, an alliance was formed between groups in New York and Connecticut. The ultimate effect of such propaganda was to embolden both citizens and Legislatures in every colony. In Boston, another example of violence could be found in their treatment of local stamp distributor Andrew Oliver.

Membership in the Sons was largely middle class with more upper-class representation than lower. Sometimes such protests have been spontaneous and disorganized, but very often there is leadership, organization, and broad commitment underpinning an act of popular mobilization. Such behavior could certainly undermine the cause, so the Sons spent a great deal of time policing themselves and pretenders.

The Sons of Liberty had displaced the royal government in nearly every colony. Governors were afraid to unlock the weapons stores. This method was also used against British Loyalists during the American Revolution. Greedy merchants would occasionally handle forbidden products, if the price were right. Red and white were common colors of the flags, although other color combinations were used, such as green and white or yellow and white.

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Carp, associate professor at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, teaches colonial, revolutionary, and early American history. The British Militia, the Sheriffs and Justices, kept a low profile. They burned his effigy in the streets. As soon as they heard about the law, American colonists began complaining that this was a new form of taxation without their consent. Though their ranks did not include Samuel and John Adams, the fact may have been a result of a mutually beneficial agreement.

Their most effective work was performed in newsprint. They published pamphlets and newspaper articles, which were circulated and sometimes read aloud in taverns. Before the evening a mob burned Oliver's property on Kilby street, then moved on to his house. Nearly everyone in the colonies hated the Stamp Act, but the Sons of Liberty came to refer to a specific group of American men organizing against British policies. Yet this critique became more widespread among Britons and Loyalists once Americans moved beyond protest to outright rebellion.

The building was pulled down and the resulting jumble of wood was used for a great bonfire. The boot was a play on the name of the Earl of Bute and the whole display was intended to establish an evil connection between Oliver and the Stamp Act. If discovered, the New York Sons of Liberty would force the guilty merchants to make humiliating public confessions - there were few repeat offenders. Paxton's house who is marshal of the Court of Admiralty and surveyor of the port and finding before it the owner of the house Mr.

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However, there were opportunists everywhere, too, who would use the name Sons of Liberty to carry out acts of revenge and other violence not related to the cause. One of their first contributions to Stamp Act opposition was to enforce nonimportation agreements. There were other such meetings. As that group grew, it came to be known as the Sons of Liberty.