Commonplace Book #103

These radicalized common New Jerseyans linked themselves to a much broader imperial crisis going on around them.  Although the colony had not suffered as much as others from the Navigation Acts and Townshend duties, it did not, as some earlier historians have argued, simply follow its neighbors into war.  The riots of the late 1760s and early 1770s show a healthy anti-imperial attitude growing before revolution. The rioters used Lockean ideas of liberty and tyranny to reimagine the defense of property, even calling themselves “Sons of Liberty” and “liberty boys .”  They learned from the Whig pamphlet literature from neighboring New York to articulate their feelings of oppression by the king’s apparent indifference to their economic plight and the gentry’s link to the imperial government.

James Gigantino II, William Livingston’s American Revolution38.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s