By Ray Raphael
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18 Why was the theater so hated? Theatergoers dressed in high fashion, arrived in carriages, and spent their money on frivolities. A New Yorker writing under the name of “Philander” complained that season tickets sold for as much as fifty pounds, while poor people starved. ”19 The boycott of tea, the most enduring component of American resistance, was imbued with class connotations. 21 Abstinence from tea came easily to commoners, but those with a tea-drinking habit had a more difficult time.
They were farmers, mostly small, who left their animals and crops to fight in the militias for short periods of time, or who managed to stay at home, leaving the fighting to others. •They were lawyers and merchants, local elites who tried to call the shots—some serving as political representatives or military officers, some-profiteering from wartime shortages and inflation. •They were slaveholding planters who held their world together with violence disguised as gentility, and who struggled—some consciously, others not—with the basic contradiction of waging a war in the name of freedom while denying freedom to others.
4 •Dr. Abner Beebe of East Haddam, Connecticut, was known to speak “very freely” in favor of the Crown. Although he had committed no other crime, he was assaulted by a Mob, stripped naked, & hot Pitch was poured upon him, which blistered his Skin. He was then carried to a Hog Sty & rubbed over with Hogs Dung. They threw the Hog’s Dung in his Face, & rammed some of it down his Throat; & in that condition exposed to a Company of Women. His House was attacked, his Windows broke, when one of his Children was sick, & a Child of his went in Distraction upon this Treatment.
A People's History of the American Revolution : How Common People Shaped the Fight for Independence by Ray Raphael