Mobs Violence Leading up to the American Revolution Essay

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Mob violence was a persuasive feature of the Revolutionary War in every port city, particularly Boston. These mobs, which were often described as motley crews, were central to protests and ultimately played a dominant role in significant events leading up to the American Revolution. Throughout the years, leading up to the American Revolution, many Americans were growing tired of British rule and thus begun to want to break free from Britain and earn their own independence. Some of these Americans, out of anger, madness, and in defense of their rights, began terrorizing towns, sometimes even to the point of paralysis highlighting grievances and concerns that the common man couldn’t say with mere words. These groups would then be absorbed …show more content…
Later throughout the years, many men, observing from the outside, saw such action and believed their actions were justifiable. The mobs use of violence and direct action against oppression was necessary evil in order to combat the British and earn independence. Peter Linebaugh, in his book, The Many Headed Hydra, described these mobs as a “motley crew” but gives two distinct meanings of what exactly a “motley crew” is. The first of two refers to just an organized gang of workers, or collection of people performing either the same or different tasks towards the same goal; a crowd. The second meaning Linebaugh describes is a “sociopolitical formation” in which they possessed their own motility and were often independent from leadership. All of these men had common ideal that they were no longer going to stay oppressed from the British and wanted to escape impressment. These multifaceted, multiracial groups throughout port cities such as Boston, New York, and Charleston set up to defend their rights allowed for the formation of the Sons of Liberty. Some of the most notable Sons of Liberty were Samuel Adams and Paul Revere both who will prove to be important men surrounding the Boston Massacre but both men were not “directly” related to violence. Their influence for change and revolution proved to be more with the people in power of opinion; newspapers. This is because Adams and Revere knew they needed to appeal to the masses in order overcome the

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