Samuel Adams: The Life of an American Revolutionary (Google eBook)

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Jun 16, 2011 - History - 432 pages
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Samuel Adams: The Life of an American Revolutionary vividly tells the story of a titan of America's greatest generation. Friend and foe alike considered Adams one of the greatest members of the generation that achieved American independence and crafted constitutions that made the ideal of republican government a living reality in the new nation. Adams's role as a major political author and organizer are explored as is his central role in momentous events including the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party. The work demonstrates why Thomas Jefferson described Adams as the helmsman of the American Revolution. Adams's career during the war and his involvement in crafting and defending republican constitutions are assessed as are his views on virtue, religion, education, women, and slavery. Following Adams through the 1790s, one sees that he wanted the revolutionary generation to bequeath a land of liberty and equality to the nation's posterity. The personal side of this revolutionary who was renowned for his lack of concern for material things is not neglected. The symbiotic relationship of Samuel and his wife Elizabeth is analyzed. The work demonstrates that Adams's life provides a veritable guide to responsible citizenship and public service in a republic.
  

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The most comprehensive modern biography of Samuel Adams. It is clear, thorough, and well-paced, and especially strong on illuminating Adams's transformative role within his historical context. The ... Read full review

Contents

Ch01 THE FAILURE OF PROMISE
1
Ch02 THE PEOPLE SHALL BE HEARD
25
Ch03 THE LURKING SERPENT
53
Ch04 THE POLITICS OF PRINCIPLE
83
Ch05 THE GREAT INCENDIARY CONFRONTS THE QUIET PERIOD
119
Ch06 BRITAIN MISCALCULATES AND THE GREAT INCENDIARY STRIKES
155
Ch07 THE HELMSMAN OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE
183
WINNING INDEPENDENCE
209
Ch10 AN IDOLATER OF REPUBLICANISM AND THE NATIONS CONSTITUTION
267
Ch11 THE CONSISTENT REPUBLICAN IN THE TURBULENT 1790s
289
THE PATRIARCH OF LIBERTY
317
ABBREVIATIONS AND SHORT TITLES
325
NOTES
329
BIBLIOGRAPHY
381
INDEX
401
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
419

THE MASSACHUSETTS SCENE
237

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About the author (2011)

John K. Alexander is Professor of History and Distinguished Teaching Professor (Emeritus) at the University of Cincinnati. An associateeditor of American National Biography (1999), he is also the author of Render Them Submissive: Responses to Poverty in Philadelphia, 1760-1800 (1980), The Selling of the Constitutional Convention of 1787: A History of News Coverage (1990), and Samuel Adams: America’s Revolutionary Politician (2002).

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