Samuel Adams: Son of Liberty, Father of Revolution

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Oxford University Press, USA, Oct 31, 2002 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 176 pages
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The story of one of the most important -- and most elusive -- figures of the American Revolution, Samuel Adams traces the life of the "Man of the Revolution," as he was called by Thomas Jefferson, from his childhood as a fifth-generation New Englander to his pivotal role in the Boston Tea Party and war that followed to a life spent in public service. Benjamin Irvin explores the fascinating contradictions of Samuel Adams's life: he was born into a family of high rank, but lived a humble, almost impoverished life; he could barely manage his personal household, but brilliantly managed the Massachusetts House of Representatives; he pushed for the Revolution, but resisted the Constitution; he spearheaded resistance to the English government but staunchly opposed resistance to the U.S. government. A perceptive look at the life of a complex man, Samuel Adams is an evocative portrait of one of our nation's most interesting Founding Fathers.
 

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Contents

THE ELUSIVE SAMUEL ADAMS
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1 SAMUEL ADAMSS BOSTON
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2 RAISED FOR REBELLION
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3 TIS NOT IN MORTALS TO COMMAND SUCCESS
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4 SAM THE PUBLICAN AND THE STAMP ACT RIOTS
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5 MOBS AND MASSACRE
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6 TO SAVE THE COUNTRY
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7 THE COERCIVE ACTS AND THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS
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8 IS NOT AMERICA ALREADY INDEPENDENT?
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9 THE STORM IS NOW OVER
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SAMUEL ADAMSS LEGACY
162
CHRONOLOGY
166
FURTHER READING
169
INDEX
171
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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Benjamin H. Irvin is at Brandeis University.

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