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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Daughters of Liberty, Ferocious Patriots

Daughters of Liberty by Greta
The Daughters of Liberty were women who were ferocious with a spinning wheel and furious with the British.

The birth of The Daughters of Liberty formed in 1765. They supported American resistance and boycotted British goods. They even made their own goods so that British goods were not needed.

Like many secret clubs at the time, The Daughters of Liberty had many rituals. They had secret code words and medals. They also had confidential symbols. The Daughters had these in their group so when they were carrying messages the British couldn't listen in. In January 1770, 538 Boston women (including The Daughters Of Liberty) signed an agreement, vowing not to drink tea as long as it was taxed. Proving their commitment to "the cause of liberty and industry," they openly opposed the Tea Act of 1773, and experimented to find substitutes for tea. Discoveries like boiled basil leaves to make a tea-like drink helped lift spirits.

Their main activity was "Spinning Bees". The Daughters held this event to see who could spin the fastest. The main purpose of the "Spinning Bees" was to block all materials imported from England. Mostly women attended, but sometimes men did too.

Even though The Daughters of Liberty ended, they were still known for their actions, for example, the Stamp Act. The Stamp Act was passed by the British Parliament on March 22, 1765. The new tax was imposed on all American colonists and required them to pay a tax on every piece of printed paper they used. Ship's papers, legal documents, licenses, newspapers, other publications, and even playing cards were taxed. These women helped the Boston Tea Party. The Boston Tea Party of December 16, 1773, took place when a group of Massachusetts Patriots, protesting the monopoly on American tea importation recently granted by Parliament to the East India Company, seized 342 chests of tea in a midnight raid on three tea ships and threw them into the harbor.

They were American Patriots, Northern and Southern, young and old. They were The Daughters of Liberty.

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