SS.8.A.3.2 Explain American colonial reaction to British policy from 1763 - 1775.
SS.8.A.2.4 Identify the impact of key colonial figures on the economic, political, and social development of the colonies.
This is an anonymous article that was originally published in The Providence Gazette Newspaper in 1775. This article was found in the American Archives
and edited by Peter Force, who collected records from newspapers, state papers, committee papers, and gathered them together in several volumes as
part of forming a documentary history of the American Revolution. However, it is clear that the article is not written by an objective source.
Scholars In Action presents case studies that demonstrate how scholars
interpret different kinds of historical evidence. This newspaper article was published in the Patriot press in 1775 and describes a political demonstration in Providence, Rhode Island, where protesters burned tea and loyalist newspapers. As opposition to British rule grew in the years leading up to the American Revolution, many people in the colonies were forced to take sides. Popular movements such as the "Sons of Liberty" attracted artisans and laborers who sought broad social and political change. Street actions against the British and their economic interests brought ordinary citizens, including women and youth, into the political arena and often spurred greater militancy and radicalism. By 1775, a number of major political protests and clashes with the British had occurred, including the Stamp Act riots, the Boston Massacre, and the Boston Tea Party.
Before you move to the next page, read this newspaper article. How does the article describe the event? Can you tell who participated in the protest? Are the political issues and tensions clear? What is puzzling or unclear?
SOAP (Source, Occasion, Audience, Purpose)
Who/what is the Source?
What person or group produced this document?
Whose perspective is being voiced?
What is the Occasion?
When and where was this evidence created?
What context or situation encouraged the creation of this document?
Who is the Audience?
Who would be expected to see or read this piece of evidence?
What is the Purpose?
What was this document intended to accomplish?
What was its creator’s aim?
Adapted from “Building Success Program: Participant’s Manual” New York, The College Board, 1998. Reading and Thinking in the History Classroom, April 2002. Area 3 History & Cultures Project, UC Davis http://historyproject.ucdavis.edu
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