The objective of the Sons of Liberty was to make the government repeal the Stamp Act which happened on March 18, 1766 . Their actions, violent or not, were aimed at intimidating officials and stamp distributors forcing them to resign. The group also put pressure on merchants who did not act in accordance with the non-importation agreement. The best work at undermining the Stamp Act was done by newspapers. Many members were printers and publishers who were directly affected by the new Stamp tax, it is remarkable that almost every newspaper in the colonies had daily reports of the activities of the Sons of Liberty and essays regarding the unconstitutionality of the Act.
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace²but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!