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A precursor group to the Sons of Liberty, the Loyal Nine met in secret to plan the protesting of the Stamp Act, the event that propelled the American Colonies down the road to Independence.
This giving level is named for the 92 members of the Massachusetts General Court who voted to NOT rescind a letter the legislature sent to other assemblies and legislative bodies throughout the colonies protesting the Townshend Acts passed by Parliament. The General Court was ordered by the King’s ministers, through the Royal Governor to rescind the letter. They voted in the negative 92 – 17.
This giving level is named for the people of Massachusetts who met under the “Liberty Tree” in Boston or by Liberty poles in other communities. The area around these symbols of resistance was known as “Liberty Hall,” and represented the rights of the inhabitants for self-determination.
Joyce Junior was a pseudonym used allegedly by John Winthrop, president of Harvard College and a noted 18th-century scientist. Joyce Junior appears as the signatory of a few handbills that claimed he was the “Chairman of the Committee for Tarring and Feathering.”
While the “Sons of Liberty” remains an iconic group form the history of the American Revolution, less well known are the “Daughters of Liberty,” who helped to lead the non-importation movement of 1768 – 1770 and spurred the campaign for colonial manufactures, particularly the cloth industry.
This giving level is named for the informal political gathering of Bostonians that helped to shape the events in Boston from 1713 to the 1770’s. Samuel Adams would become its most notorious leader.