Lead: In the 1700s the United States broke from England. No colony in history had done that before. This series examines America’s Revolution.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: By the end of 1775 most of the counties of Virginia had established Association Committees. These set about enforcing the economic coercion tactics designed to punish Britain for the Intolerable Acts: nonimportation, nonexportation, and non-consumption of British goods. In Virginia, the Association Committees gradually assumed control of the local and Commonwealth government. Their technique of enforcement was public shaming designed to bring reluctant merchants and officials into line.

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