They formed Committees of Correspondence—connecting patriots to each other across the different towns and villages within individual colonies and with each other.
They developed their own media to promote “the rights of the colonists, and of this province [Massachusetts] in particular, as men, as Christians, and as subjects; to communicate and publish the same to the several towns in this province and to the world as the sense of this town.”
They protected themselves from the “cancel culture” of their era by often using pseudonyms and forming secret societies.
They used symbolic acts of resistance like the Boston Tea Party to mobilize public opinion.
They worked within the system as much as possible—petitioning allies within the British government.
They published the names and exposed the merchants who imported British goods and undermined American industry.
This election, with the riots and the cancel culture in full swing, has forced a lot of folks to re-examine what it is they're doing. And it's hardened quite a few opinions about the Left.