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Enforcing Patriotism

In nearly every colony associators confronted individuals who spoke for the royal government or denigrated the Whig movement. Groups of associators intimidated suspected Tories, demanding a recantation of British loyalties and public endorsement of the American cause. In 1775 a Philadelphian named Christopher Marshall wrote, "about thirty of our associators waited upon and conducted Isaac Hunt from his dwelling to the Coffee House, where having placed him in a cart, he very politely acknowledged he had said and acted wrong, for which he asked pardon of the public and committed himself under the protection of the associators" (Duane, p. 41).

In Northampton, Massachusetts, local Whigs embarked on a "tour of education" in which the mob went about forcing recantations of Tory sympathies from a number of eminent local citizens who held royal political appointments. In Virginia influential planters led the effort to require all the merchants to sign...

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