Topic: Protests

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Join or Die

This image was originally created by Benjamin Franklin prior to the Seven Years’ War. In the face of threats from the French and the American Indians, Franklin encouraged the colonists...
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An Oration on the Beauties of Liberty

John Allen preached this sermon, which became a popular pamphlet, to the Second Baptist Church in Boston in 1772. Like many colonists, Allen vigorously opposed what he called British “tyranny.”...
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Association of the Sons of Liberty

In response to Parliament’s passage of the Tea Act in 1773, New York merchants banded together and signed an agreement vowing not to import or sell East India Company Tea....
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Benjamin Church’s Boston Massacre Oration

In 1773, Benjamin Church, a prominent Boston physician, was chosen to deliver the second annual oration to commemorate the Boston Massacre. Church warned his fellow colonists about British attacks on...
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Bloody Butchery by the British Troops

This document is an account of the events at Concord, Massachusetts on April 19, 1775. The notice discusses the clash between British troops and American militia, portraying the encounter as...
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Charleston Non-Importation Agreement

This 1769 document is an agreement in which the residents of Charleston agreed to boycott all goods imported from England. In protest against British policies, residents agreed to produce their...
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Common Sense

Published in January 1776, Thomas Paine’s COMMON SENSE made the case for an immediate separation of the colonies from Great Britain. It attacked hereditary privilege, exposed the failures of the...
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Crowd Supporting Lech Walesa

In Poland, this labor union, Solidarity, led the fight for democracy in the 1980s. Non-violent and anti-communist, Solidarity survived government repression to become a major political force. The movement’s leader,...
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Declaration and Resolves of the First Continental Congress

This document was issued by the First Continental Congress. In response to Parliament’s passage of the Coercive Acts, 12 of the 13 colonies sent delegates to a meeting in Philadelphia...
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Declaration of Independence by Stone

This document is a copy of the Declaration of Independence produced in 1823. As Secretary of State, John Quincy Adams came to believe that the original Declaration was fading over...