Johnny Tremain

In Chapter 4. This is Johnny's first real contact with the politics of his day. Explain clearly the points that Rab makes about the ideas of the Whigs and Tories. On whch side is Rab?

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Rab is part of the Sons of Liberty. Although they are Patriots and make some good political points, they also use intimidation tactics to frighten important Tories. Rab feels that the settlers are abused by England and should have no allegiance to the King of England who taxes and uses their resources providing little in return.Johnny thinks that joining the Sons of Liberty would be fun, but Mr. Lapham also makes an important point when he accuses them of mob-like behavior.