A Final Blow: The Massachusetts Government Act
The Massachusetts Government Act was passed by the Parliament of Great Britain, receiving the royal assent on 20 May 1774. The act effectively abrogated the existing colonial charter of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, and gave its royally-appointed governor wide-ranging powers. The Act is one of the Intolerable Acts (also known as Repressive Acts and Coercive Acts), designed to suppress dissent and restore order in Massachusetts. In the wake of the Boston Tea Party, Parliament launched a legislative offensive against Massachusetts to control its errant behavior. British officials believed that their inability to control Massachusetts was rooted in part in the highly independent nature of its local government.
The Massachusetts Society is an educational non-profit corporation (501(c)) that seeks to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, an appreciation for true patriotism, a respect for our national symbols, the value of American citizenship, and the unifying force of e pluribus unum that has created, from the people of many nations, one nation and one people.
We do this by perpetuating patriotism, courage, sacrifice, tragedy, and triumph of the men who achieved the independence of the American people in the belief that these stories are universal ones of man's eternal struggle against tyranny and will inspire and strengthen each succeeding generation as it too is called upon to defend our freedoms on the battlefield and in our public institutions.
We decorate the graves of Revolutionary War soldiers and patriots. We support excellence in teaching of American history. We participate in patriotic observances. We support research and preservation of historic material on the men and women who fought or gave service for Independence in the American Revolutionary War. We reward our future leaders - our children - for excellence, achievement and outstanding citizenship.
In 1876 there were many celebrations to commemorate the centennial of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. As part of this patriotic fervor, a group of men in the San Francisco, California, area who were descendants of patriots involved in the American Revolution, formed an organization called the Sons of Revolutionary Sires. Their objective was to have a fraternal and civic society to salute those men and women who pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to the battle for independence from Great Britain. They desired to keep alive their ancestors' story of patriotism and courage in the belief that it is a universal one of man's struggle against tyranny - a story which would inspire and sustain succeeding generations when they would have to defend and extend our freedoms.
Out of the Sires grew the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, which was organized on April 30, 1889 - the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of George Washington as our nation's first President. The SAR was conceived as a fraternal and civic society composed of lineal descendants of those that supported the cause of American Independence. The National Society was chartered by an Act of the United States Congress on June 9, 1906.
Staff Writer SAR Magazine Spring 2014, Vol. 108, No. 4, pp. 16-17 Above, President General Joseph W. Dooley meets with Anne Anderson, Ireland's ambassador to the United States, at the Irish Embassy. In preparation for the SAR's trip to Ireland in May 2014, President General Joseph W. Dooley met with Her Excellency Anne Anderson, Ireland's [continue reading...]
Staff Writer SAR Magazine Spring 2014 The 124th Congress in Greenville, S.C., promises to be fun, exciting, educational and historical. From tours of Revolutionary War battlegrounds to important business matters, this Congress will hold interest for all who attend. The festivities will begin on Friday morning, July 18, with a wreath-laying at a statue of [continue reading...]
The "American Political Society" to be serialized on Twitter starting July 1st The American Political Society was established in 1773 in Worcester, Massachusetts, by Col. Timothy Bigelow (1739-1790) as an extension of the Committee of Correspondence. It was a secret society of 71 Worcester Whigs who organized for the purpose of debating "upon ... our [continue reading...]
By Brendan Lewis Lowell Sun News 22 June 2014 The Sons of the American Revolution fire a volley at the Littleton 300 opening ceremonies on Saturday. (Sun/Bob Whitaker) LITTLETON -- In 1774 and 1775 the town of Littleton, like many communities in the area, had to decide whether to go to war with the British. [continue reading...]
Compatriots, I would like to take this opportunity to thank and commend all who attended the joint event with The DAR at The Old Granary Burial Ground in Boston today. Whilst taking nothing away from Compatriots who could not be there, it is well understood that events during the work week are often times difficult [continue reading...]
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