Portrait of Sam Adams.

Sam Adams was a member of the Sons of Liberty.

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The Sons of Liberty

In Boston in early summer of 1765 a group of shopkeepers and artisans who called themselves The Loyal Nine, began preparing for agitation against the Stamp Act. As that group grew, it came to be known as theSons of Liberty. And grow it did! These were not the leading men of Boston, but rather workers and tradesmen. It was unseemly that they would be so agitated by a parliamentary act. Though their ranks did not include Samuel and John Adams, the fact may have been a result of a mutually beneficial agreement.

Sons of Liberty

Sons of Liberty, secret organizations formed in the American colonies in protest against the Stamp Act (1765). They took their name from a phrase used by Isaac Barré in a speech against the Stamp Act in Parliament, and were organized by merchants, businessmen, lawyers, journalists, and others who would be most affected by the Stamp Act.

Sons and Daughters of Liberty

They were the ones who were not afraid. They knew instinctively that talk and politics alone would not bring and end to British tyranny. They were willing to resort to extralegal means if necessary to end this series of injustices. They were American patriots — northern and southern, young and old, male and female. They were the Sons and Daughters of Liberty.

Sons of Liberty

The Sons of Liberty was a secret organization of American patriots which originated in the Thirteen Colonies during the American Revolution. British authorities and their supporters known as Loyalists considered the Sons of Liberty as seditious rebels, referring to them as "Sons of Violence" and "Sons of Iniquity." Patriots attacked the apparatus and symbols of British authority and power such as property of the gentry, customs officers, East India Company tea, and as the war approached, vocal supporters of the Crown.

Sons of Liberty: Patriots or Terrorists? How A Secret Society of Rebel Americans Made Its Mark on Early America

For the American "armchair historian," this American Revolutionary organization conjures up a myriad of confusing images. But, what of this "secret" organization that played such an integral part in advancing the idea of American independence from Great Britain? What were the Sons of Liberty? Who were its members and how widespread was its support among the thirteen colonies comprising British America? What was the ideology and degree of political affiliation within the organization?

Sons of Liberty

The Sons of Liberty was a secret American intercolonial organization founded in November 1765 to oppose the Stamp Act. The term "sons of liberty" was traditionally used to designate those dedicated to the defense of civil liberties, but it took on special meaning when a group led by John Lamb and Isaac Sears formed the Sons of Liberty in New York City. Chapters soon appeared throughout the colonies, mainly in cities and larger towns.

The Formation of the Sons of Liberty

Campaigning for "Liberty and no Stamp-Act," local groups within each colony scheme to prevent the Act from taking effect on 1 November 1765. Adopting names including "Sons of Liberty," these committees stage dramatic spectacles designed to intimidate the stamp distributor in each colony and force him to resign his post. In Boston, protestors take aim at Andrew Oliver.

Sons of Liberty

secret patriotic society organized in the American colonies in 1765 to oppose the STAMP ACT, (q.v.). After the act was repealed in 1766, the society, which consisted of numerous local chapters, formed COMMITTEES OF CORRESPONDENCE, (q.v.) to foster resistance to oppressive British economic and political actions. The Sons of Liberty also helped enforce the policy of nonimportation, by which American merchants refused to import goods carried in British ships, and in 1774 it took part in convoking the Continental Congress. Its leaders included Samuel Adams and Paul Revere.

Sons of Liberty

Organization of American colonists formed in 1765 to oppose the Stamp Act. The name was taken from a speech by Isaac Barré in the British Parliament that referred to American colonials who opposed unjust British measures as "sons of liberty." The group agitated for colonial resistance and helped prevent enforcement of the Stamp Act. After the act's repeal, the organization continued to oppose British measures against the colonists.

Colonial Resistance to the Tea Act of 1773: The Sons of Liberty Lead the Protests in New York

Even though the tax was only on team, and as of the 1773 law went to British importers and exporters rather than to the government, it was still illegal in the American's view. Colonials groups called the Sons of Liberty led resistance to this tax. In New York City they passed a resolution that stated their position in five parts.

Sons of Liberty

Sons of Liberty, patriotic societies established in the American colonies prior to the Revolutionary War. They were organized during the controversy over the Stamp Act of 1765 and helped to stimulate a consciousness of colonial grievances against British rule. The name came from a speech by Isaac Barré, a member of the British Parliament, supporting colonial opposition to the act and referring to the colonists as “these sons of liberty.”

Resolves of the New York Sons of Liberty

Transcripts of the Resolves of the New York Sons of Liberty, December 15, 1773

Sons of Liberty

During the Parliamentary debate over the Stamp Act (1765), Isaac Barré referred to the American opponents of the new tax as the "Sons of Liberty*." Secret radical groups in the colonies adopted this name and worked to oppose the stamp tax and other later parliamentary revenue programs.

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  • Article Title Sons of Liberty External Links
  • Coverage 1765–1783
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  • Access Date March 29, 2020
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  • Date of Last Update January 13, 2018

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