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Title: A Plan "to banish all the Scotchmen": Victimization and Political Mobilization in Pre-Revolutionary Boston
Author(s): Nicolson, Colin
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Keywords: Scotland
Colonial Boston
American Revolution
imperial crisis
crowd action
Great Britain
Merchants Massachusetts Boston Biography
United States History Revolution, 1775-1783
Boston (Mass.) History Revolution, 1775-1783
Boston (Mass.) History Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
American loyalists
Scotland Relations United States
United States Relations Scotland Congresses
Issue Date: 2007
Date Deposited: 6-May-2009
Citation: Nicolson C (2007) A Plan "to banish all the Scotchmen": Victimization and Political Mobilization in Pre-Revolutionary Boston. Massachusetts Historical Review, 9, pp. 55-102.
Abstract: This is a case study of the ethnic and cultural aspects of colonial mobilization against Britain during the imperial crisis, focussing on the predicament of a Scottish merchant and importer, Patrick McMaster, and an English female sojourner, Ann Hulton. The aborted attempt to tar and feather McMaster and the mobbing of the Hultons home reveal (a) how anti-British feelings were part of the protests and (b) how the ideology of British imperialism permeated the thinking of Scots and English living in Boston during the crisis.
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