As a member of the Caucus Club in 1764, he was part of the Boston patriotic movement that helped select the candidates for public office. And in 1764, when Britain announced a duty on sugar, he set about fighting it, and the leading Tory in the Massachusetts Thomas Hutchinson, with all his might. Britain's next step, the Stamp Act of 1765, helped convince many colonists that Adams was right to protest the tyrannies of the Crown. He brought the roaming gangs of Boston together and formed a united trained "mob" that he unleashed upon uncooperative officials: The stamp masters fled and Hutchinson's was almost leveled. The Stamp Act, one of the most progressive measures of taxation Britain had yet devised, became synonymous with tyranny. Time and again, Adams sallied forth with his charge: "No taxation without representation." England could take nothing from the colonies without their consent. Perhaps most
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.