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A People's History of the American Revolution : How Common by Ray Raphael

By Ray Raphael

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If the tea were unloaded and sold, Parliament’s ability to tax the colonists would be reaffirmed and the boycott of tea would be seriously undermined by cheap prices. Legally, however, the tea could not be returned to England. What was to be done? During the three weeks that followed thousands of citizens from Boston and nearby towns met repeatedly to discuss possible strategies, while some maintained a continuous watch over the Dartmouth and two other ships which joined it at Griffin’s Wharf. The town meeting was extended to include “the whole body of the people”—women, apprentices, African Americans, and servants were allowed to participate.

Buying their way out and hiring substitutes, those with property to protect left the fighting to poor men and boys with no farms or businesses of their own. Militiamen deserted by the droves; Continental soldiers mutinied for lack of food and pay. While some women spun for the cause of liberty or gave up their tea, others devoted their lives to service in the Continental Army. Although most “camp followers,” as they were called, joined the Revolution for lack of other alternatives, these poor women contributed more than their share as they starved and froze and fell ill along with the soldiers.

For want of Goods or Estate of the within named George Robt Twelve Hewes, I have taken his bodey & committed him to his majesty’s gaol in Boston,” wrote the constable. After getting out of jail, he and his family lived with relatives and as lodgers; in 1771, the only year for which the Boston records still survive, he was not taxed for any property. George Robert Twelves Hewes, in short, was precisely the sort of person whom critics labeled as “rabble”—he was poor, he was saucy, and he was at home in the streets of Boston.

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