New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_661
The Sons of Liberty pull down an equestrian statue of King George III, New York City, 1776.
Are these people Loyalists or Patriots?
Why do you think these people tore down the statue of the English King?
If you were a secret Loyalist, how would you feel about the actions depicted here?
If you were a merchant and your shipments from England were burned because they violated the boycotts, how would you feel?
What do you think happened to the merchants' businesses during this period?
The Sons of Liberty were sometimes seen as a violent mob. Research this organization and create a list of the positives and negatives of their actions.
Math: If the statue of King George weighed 1.76 tons, how many pounds is that? If one bullet used 16 ounces of lead, how many bullets could be produced from the statue?
Science: How would the Patriots have created cannon balls and bullets from this statue and fence?
English Language Arts: Write a letter to the newspaper denouncing or praising these events.
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