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Lesson One

Reading 7

valuable members of society, a character . . . at least as respectable, indeed more so than that of the most principal merchant among us. . . .

From the late partial redress of our grievances we have all the right imaginable to expect that a further perseverance on our part will at the next session of Parliament achieve a total repeal. Shall we then . . . on the eve of that happy period, the hour of our deliverance, fully all the glory we have acquired in our virtuous struggle, by authorizing in a single instance the con- trived villainy of execrable Ministers of State?—Stand forth ye friends of America and avert it!—Stand forth ye farmers, manufacturers, mechanics that call ye “men of no consequence,” stand forth and remonstrate with these commercial Hectors [bullies]—convince them ye are not the waxen men they suspect you to be, that ye are not to be molded to whatever form they think proper—that ye have Liberties to Life . . . as well as they. That ye have … [a right] to be consulted and declare your sentiments when matters of general concern are deliberated on—That ye will exercise that right, and that no resolves entered into on the ensuing meeting shall be admissible without your approbation.—By such a spirited, such a laudable conduct will ye preserve from the extended jaws of perpetual slavery yourselves and your country. . . .

A Lover of Liberty and A Mechanic’s Friend

Source: Broadside, May 31, 1770


  • 1.

    What is the tone of the broadside?

  • 2.

    How effective is it in stirring up support for a continuation of the boycott against British


  • 3.

    What argument is presented to convince people that it would be improper to end the boycott?

  • 4.

    According to the broadside what social classes appear more willing to retaliate against British

policy? Why?


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