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Remixing the Revolution

Hip hop’s beats and rhymes take up the unresolved debates and open questions of the American Revolution – How are our voices heard? What should liberty look and sound like? What does it mean to be free? – galvanizing new generations to fight for their own answers to these questions. Watch the recording of this evening of hip-hop performance and conversation with conscious hip-hop artists The Reminders & Tem Blessed, moderated by New York Times bestselling author Adam Bradley.

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The American Anti-Imperialist League at Faneuil Hall

At the turn of the 20th Century, the American Anti-Imperialist League mobilized to protest against what they believed to be the beginnings of an American Empire. Despite originating in Boston and spreading across the country, the League ultimately failed in its objectives.

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Women’s Suffrage at Faneuil Hall

Perhaps no other building in Boston served a more symbolic role in the Boston suffrage movement than Faneuil Hall–‘The Cradle of Liberty.’ In arguing for women’s suffrage, men and women suffragists echoed similar calls for liberty and equality as their forefathers had during the American Revolution.

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Women’s Suffrage at Faneuil Hall

Perhaps no other building in Boston served a more symbolic role in the Boston suffrage movement than Faneuil Hall–‘The Cradle of Liberty.’ In arguing for women’s suffrage, men and women suffragists echoed similar calls for liberty and equality as their forefathers had during the American Revolution.

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Faneuil Hall, the Underground Railroad, and the Boston Vigilance Committees

Long cherished as the “Cradle of Liberty,” Faneuil Hall played an integral role in Boston’s Underground Railroad network. Boston abolitionists used the Hall as a gathering place for meetings, during which they protested against Fugitive Slave Laws and formed Vigilance Committees to assist freedom seekers.

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Britain Begins Taxing the Colonies: The Sugar & Stamp Acts

In May 1763, colonial Britons celebrated their country’s victory over France in the Seven Year War. One year later, they attacked British plans to tax them to pay for their own defense. Was this a reasonable and legitimate exercise of British authority, or was it tyranny?

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Anger and Opposition to the Stamp Act

When news of the Stamp Act reached Bostonians in spring of 1765, they opposed the new tax on paper documents. Reacting through the written word and physical violence, Bostonians played a significant role in the repeal of the Stamp Act before it came in effect.

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Building the Bunker Hill Monument

In the decades following the Battle of Bunker Hill, Americans created a shared story of this significant moment in the founding of the United States. When the land of the original battlefield came up for sale in the 1820s, Bostonians decided to build a permanent addition to the Boston landscape that commemorated this event. The building of the Bunker Hill Monument took decades of work and cost thousands of dollars.

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The Battle of Bunker Hill

On June 17, 1775, New England soldiers clashed with the British army for the first time in a pitched battle. Through this video series and article, learn about this “Decisive Day” and the bloody fighting that took place throughout the hilly landscape of Charlestown, across the Charles River from Boston.