1. Women and Colonial Resistance
During the 1970’s when colonists were protesting British policies, women started to play an active role public affairs, and created the Daughters of Liberty, a group that helped end the Stamp Act. During the Townshend Act crisis women played a big role in colonial resistance through “non-consumption” of British tea. This was as important as non-importation of tea because women were the major consumers of British tea. Women also supported colonial resistance through the weaving of their own clothes. By making clothes for themselves women didn’t have to pay for British clothes, which in turn supported the British government. Spinning bees, a gathering of women to spin their own clothes, showed that…show more content… Also, they stated that all taxes should be collected internally until the Massachusetts Charter was brought back, and that they should have the ability to defend themselves if a Royal attack takes place. The Olive Branch Petition was also a three clause demand which included peace in Boston, a lifting of the Coercive Acts, and American Rights to be negotiated with Parliament. This was written and established by John Dickinson in his attempt to send a “loyal message” (152) to parliament and King George III.
1. Attempts at colonial unity through official committees and congress’ in the colonies began in Albany, New York in 1754. Colonials sensing the need to resolve differences among themselves gathered in Albany to lay plans for mutual defense. It was called the Albany Congress and the delegates endorsed a proposal for a colonial confederation that called for a Grand Council to represent all colonial assemblies. This Grand Council would be able to create policies regarding military and Indian affairs, and also demand funds for the colonies. Although this attempt at unity was decently organized, it amounted to nothing because no colonial legislatures wanted to give up powers of taxation. However, this congress would lay ground for the next colonial