Preliminaries of the Revolution, 1763-1775

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CHAPTER XVII
THE APPEAL TO ARMS (1774-1775)

WITHIN six months after the adjournment of the First Continental Congress, the Association of 1774 was ratified by all the colonies except Georgia and New York. As in the case of choosing delegates, this action was taken in conventions, provincial congresses, or regular legislative assemblies. At the same time local committees were everywhere appointed to enforce the Association.1 Even before it was adopted the terrorism of loyalists had begun. Tarring and feathering was becoming the order of the day. The time had now come when men must choose sides. Loyalists were bitterly stigmatized as Tories and traitors, and the cause of liberty was sullied by acts of intolerance and persecution -- the inevitable accompaniments of revolution.2

In Georgia the patriotic party was unable to gain acceptance of the Association; but it was ratified

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1
Force, American Archives, 4th series, I, 993, 1023, 1109, 1124, 1110; Dunmore's letter, in Hart, Contemporaries, II., 439.
2
Fisher, True Am. Revolution, 155 et seq.

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