Sam Adams Understood Transparency
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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.