2 Thomas Hutchinson Occupation: governor of Massachusetts Action taken: enforced British laws like the Stamp Act. Wrote letters saying Britain should be more strictArgument against:The king of England knew what was best for colonists because he had experience and was wise.Colonies needed Britain to protect them.Colonist could not govern themselves
3 Jonathon Boucher Occupation: priest in the Church of England Action taken: preached that disobeying the king was like disobeying God.Argument against:A war for independence would hurt people much more than living with a few bad laws.King’s power came from God, disobeying the king is like disobeying God.British laws made life safer and better for the most colonists.
4 Lord Dunmore Occupation: governor of Virginia Action taken: attacked Patriots’ homes and plantations along the James River in Virginia/ Was tough on colonist, believing this would frighten the colonist into accepting British rule.Argument against:Colonists had a duty to obey British laws and not become traitors.Colonies needed Britain to protect them-this is why the colonies had the right to rule them and place taxes on them.Britain knew what was best for the colonies.Colonies were a part of Britain.
6 Benjamin FranklinOccupation: writer, printer, inventor, scientist, colonial representative to the British governmentAction taken: tried to persuade Britain to stop making laws that the colonists thought were unfairArgument for:the colonists had the ability to govern themselvesHe thought Britain would continue to make unfair lawsColonists should no longer trust Britain
7 Mercy Otis Warren Occupation: writer Action taken: wrote plays and poems supporting independenceArgument for:Britain was too far away to understand the colonists’ needs and daily lives.Britain’s laws and taxes were unfair- money was hard to earn for families.Britain’s law did not allow women to take part in politicsBelieved woman should have more rights
8 Samuel Adams Occupation: politician Action taken: organized the Sons of Liberty and led the Boston Tea Party to protest unfair British taxes/ Wrote newspaper articles, gave speeches, and organized town meetings.Argument for:The colonists should be able to elect their own governorsColonist should have the power to change unfair lawsColonists couldn’t afford to pay such high taxes on British goods.