Difference Between Freedom Fighters And Terrorists

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What is the difference between freedom fighters and terrorists? Essentially they are both fighting for a cause. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines terrorism as the systematic use of terror, especially as a means of coercion and a freedom fighter is a person who takes part in a resistance movement against an oppressive political or social establishment. Which expression best describes the Sons of Liberty? Do they fit in both categories? If you look them up anywhere in a history book, magazine, article, or even the Internet they are usually labeled as heroes or Patriots. Here is a group of middle and lower class shopkeepers, artisans, workers and tradesman who stood together and prepared to stand for a cause. The Sons of Liberty were a secretive group of men in the thirteen colonies who led a resistance against the British government before the American Revolution. Their main intention was to protect the rights of colonists and to fight taxation by the British government. No one knows exactly when the group was formed or when they were first seen. There is no factual information about where the group started since they left no paper trail, some researchers say they started in Boston, MA and some say they were formed in New York, NY. They first made they appearance sometime in the summer 1765, playing a major role in battling parliament around the time they passed the Stamp Act. The Stamp Act, which was a new tax, which created revenue stamps to be purchased and attached to every form of printed matter used in the colonies from newspapers, pamphlets, bonds, leases, deeds licenses, insurance polices, college diplomas and even playing cards were taxed. (Gale). Parliaments reason to purpose of the tax was to help pay for troops s... ... middle of paper ... ...alyst that led to the events of the Revolutionary War. The Sons of Liberty never kept a roster of who were its members, but we know a few of the popular ones: Samuel Adams, Benedict Arnold, John Hancock, Paul Revere and Patrick Henry to name the few. The Sons of Liberty were continuous active until the end of the American Revolution and officially ended in 1783 were the group disbanded. So the Sons of Liberty comes down to the old saying “one men’s terrorist is another man’s patriot”. These brave men gave American colonist a voice and the courage to stand up for what they believe is fair and the fight for independency. Are they terrorists? I bet the British think they do. They didn’t want whatever Parliament was passing; let it be a rule or a new tax. They revolted against anything they didn’t like or hear. Are they Patriots? It’s safe to say Americans think they are.

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