August 14, 1765 — Today, American patriots protested against the British rule in response to the Stamp Act, which forced colonists to pay taxes on paper products in order for Britain to pay off its huge debt from the French and Indian War.
Outraged activists — known as the Sons of Liberty — protested shouting, “no taxation without representation.” They included John Adams, Paul Revere and Samuel Adams. The location of their demonstration was near an Elm tree that stood in Boston Common, Massachusetts. Today, it is known as the Liberty Tree.
John Adams was quoted about the event in the Boston Gazette, saying: “The Sons of Liberty on the 14th of August 1765, a Day which ought to be for ever remembered in America, animated with a zeal for their country then upon the brink of destruction, and resolved, at once to save her…”
Words of Wisdom for August 14, 2016
“Taxation without representation is tyranny.”
— James Otis, a leader in the independence movement in Boston, uttered these words as trouble rose with England in the 1760s and 1770s. His sentiment spread far and wide in the colonies as calls for independence grew louder.