Dissolving the Political Bands

by Neil Bhamoo, Brenna Kidwell, and Reyaan Shah

Learning Outcome Statement

The resulting independence movement was fueled by established colonial elites, as well as by grassroots movements that included newly mobilized laborers, artisans, and women, and rested on arguments over the rights of British subjects, the rights of the individual, and the ideas of the Enlightenment.


All of the documents were meant to be for the common people, or at least the men who had rights to vote in the society, and they were even able to take part in the sons of liberty. They worked together with the aristocrats in order to make decisions, and to take action. Both the aristocrats and the people who weren't aristocrats were able to vote for the continental congress representatives, and they worked together in the group called the sons of liberty. The Pennsylvania Journal was a newspaper that was meant to be for all of the members of society, and it shared the ratification of the Tax Laws with the people who may not have known. In sharing the laws, the newspaper helped to foster the revolutionary spirit against the British. The sons of liberty kindled the flame of the revolution because they would rebel against the British, with the main example being the Boston Tea Party. The continental congress created an almost outright call to war against the British, and the Join or Die cartoon made real the threat of the British to the colonists. These worked together to lead to the revolution, and to inspire the colonists, both rich and poor, to work together to fight the British.