Sam Adams Understood Transparency

samuel_adamsSamuel Adams - American Patriot
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs: LC-USZ62-102271

In an age when high school textbooks in the United States are devoid of much of our essential history due to political correctness, I thought I would write just a little about a man with a famous name, whose exploits are not well-known by students today.

Samuel Adams, one of America's Founding Fathers, was born on September 27, 1722 in Boston, Massachusetts. A graduate of Harvard College in 1740, Adams quickly became an American revolutionary and would play a strong role in Boston's political resistance to British rule. Using newspaper articles as a method of organizing rebellious activities, he became an influential figure in the years prior to the American Revolution.

Adams was a strong opponent of British taxation. He helped to unite the colonial resistance to the Stamp Act, and played a major role in the organization of the Boston Tea Party. As a cousin to John Adams, the future second President of the United States, Samuel was a very outspoken and visible leader, urging the eventual break from Britain. Like John, he signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Because of his noted oratory skills, he became a powerful tool for communication among the revolutionaries, and a passionate advocate of independence during the Revolutionary War.

Samuel Adams was the first of the Founding Fathers to propose a Continental Congress, where he served as a delegate until 1781. After the war, he entered political life as a Democratic-Republican, and served as the governor of Massachusetts from 1794 to 1797. He died on October 2, 1803 in Boston.

It is not revolutionary activity that commands respect. It is the recognition that citizens like Adams put their lives on the line so Americans could enjoy freedom for centuries to come. The form of government he helped to create was and is not perfect, but it has been a force for good many times in the last 200 years. If young people are denied the opportunity to learn about the mindset of the founders of our nation and their fighting spirit, they will continue to be pawns of politicians willing to change a way of life that the majority of us hold so dearly.



  1. I totally agree!! So many are being dumbed down quite successfully just by simply NOT teaching them what really happened. Our founding fathers were completely amazing and I love to learn about them and read my children books about them. I want them to know what it takes to be brave enough to stand up for what they believe in and wise enough to believe in the very best things.
    Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  2. I loved the way you ended this post. I think we absolutely MUST understand the mindset of our finding fathers in order to find our way. They were not politicians. They were men fighting for the rights of the people. Now, it is all about just saying the right thing to garner the vote. Not DOING the right thing. There is such a huge difference between those two things. Enough to span the difference all the way from here to Britain...

  3. Miriam: I agree. We could use some good, positive, old-fashioned American values in our education system.

    Robin: You got that right. If the politicians get out of the way, the majority of people can move forward. Those who are unable to help themselves can receive the help they need. Politicians today (of course, not all of them), unlike in the days of Sam Adams, ARE the societal sponges.

  4. I'm a strong believer in learning from history.

  5. KB: I agree. I am aware of the fact that much of history is perspective. However, in the USA, we seem to be altering history to pander to a myriad of different social groups. We hide our children from reality, so they feel good about themselves. The result has been a generation that does not have an understanding of history, or of its place in historical development.

  6. oh yes! the history my kids are learning is very different than the history i learned...theirs has a liberal twist.


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