Boston Massacre Perspective • Radical Patriot: • Included groups like the Sons of Liberty who wanted immediate independence from England • Radical Patriots were a mere fraction of the American population • Used incident to incite British hatred and recruit new members • Attempted to portray the British as murders to the rest of the colonies
Boston Massacre Perspective • Moderates: • Did not wish to sever ties with England and therefore called for finding a middle ground • Thought the colonists who provoked the guards should also be held responsible. • Were afraid that the King and Parliament would impose sanctions as a punishment for provoking troops.
Boston Massacre Perspective • Loyalists: • Made up about a third of the population • Even after the Boston Massacre support remained for the British rule • Many blamed the colonists agitators making the claim that the troops fired in self-defense
Boston Tea Party Perspective • Radicals: • Were gaining support from other colonists • Saw the Tea Party as a means to air their resentment over their lack of representation • Were hoping the King would react in such a way that hostility and resentment would grown against the Crown in the colonies
Boston Tea Party Perspective • Moderates: • Many colonists still refused to take a side following the Boston Tea Party • Moderates did worry about colonial liberty after the enforcement of the Tea Act • Many moderates voiced disapproval of the Bostonians actions calling them too extreme
Boston Tea Party Perspective • King George: • Were outraged by the events and called the people of Boston fanatics • Believed that he now had to force the colonists to obey British rule • Wanted to make an example out of Massachusetts (implemented the Coercive Acts)
Tarring & Feathering Perspective • Radicals: • By 1774 radical patriots groups began to gain a lot of support from across the colonies • Groups like the Sons of Liberty began to become more aggressive and violent with British Military control
Tarring and Feathering Perspective • Moderates: • Did not approve of the Kings policies • Were still reluctant to call for independence • Wanted to find a peaceful solution to the violence and military rule.
Tarring & Feathering Perspective • Loyalist: • Many Loyalist became outraged by the violence against British tax collectors and feared their property would be next • Were generally not eager to fight but were prepared to help the British restore order in the colonies.