By Linda Schmittroth, Mary Kay Rosteck, Stacy A. McConnell
Profiles sixty women and men who have been key avid gamers at the British or American aspect of the yankee Revolution, from John Adams, who turned the second one president, to Eliza Wilkinson, who wrote of the day British infantrymen looted her South Carolina domestic.
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Adams did not take kindly to this injustice, and this strengthened his belief that the governor held too much power over the colonists. Marries, becomes tax collector Adams earned a Master of Arts degree in 1743, at age twenty-one, and went on to an unsuccessful career in the field of accounting. The friend of his father who had employed young Samuel told the older man that his son seemed to take no interest in the business. Then Samuel’s father gave him a large sum of money to start a new business.
Boston residents found their presence increasingly annoying and tensions continued to rise. Samuel Adams 23 In 1768 Adams started a newspaper, the Journal of Events, which voiced his opposition to British rule. Throughout his lifetime, Adams wrote letters to newspapers, using a variety of pen names. He wrote stories about redcoats beating up “innocent” citizens and attacking young women. Although most Boston readers knew many of his stories were overstated, they were reprinted throughout the colonies, and many people outside Boston accepted them as truth.
Delegates adopted a Declaration of Rights and Grievances (complaints) and promised to come to the aid of Massachusetts if it were attacked. The First Continental Congress agreed to forbid importation of British goods or the slaves they sought to sell, the use of any already imported British goods, and the export of goods to England. All counties, cities, and towns were to have committees of correspondence to ensure that these policies were carried out. Delegates hoped their united efforts would force England to restore their liberties.
American Revolution: biographies by Linda Schmittroth, Mary Kay Rosteck, Stacy A. McConnell