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Unformatted text preview: While Virginia led the political protest against the Stamp Act, Bostonunder the leadership of Adamschose a more direct route: The Sons of Liberty resolved to drive Andrew Oliver, Thomas Hutchinson's brother-in-law and the city's stamp master, out of the town. They hung Oliver in effigy from the city's Liberty Tree, and the Suffolk sheriff refused to cut it down out of fear for his life. On August 14, 1765, a mob (carefully constructed by Adams) destroyed a new building that was to be the stamp headquarters and then beheaded Oliver's effigy. After a bonfire on Fort Hill, the mob ransacked Oliver's house while the Governor watched helplessly nearby. When he asked for the town drummers to sound the alarm, a bystander told him the drummers were part of the mob. Oliver resigned his post the next day. Rumors swirled as the situation in Boston mob....
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- Fall '08
- Stamp Act