Samuel Adams: The Life of an American Revolutionary

Samuel Adams: The Life of an American Revolutionary

by John K. Alexander


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742570337
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/16/2011
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

John K. Alexander is Professor of History and Distinguished Teaching Professor (Emeritus) at the University of Cincinnati. An associate editor 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).

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 The Failure of Promise 1

2 The People Shall Be Heard 25

3 The Lurking Serpent 53

4 The Politics of Principle 83

5 The Great Incendiary Confronts the Quiet Period 119

6 Britain Miscalculates and the Great Incendiary Strikes 155

7 The Helmsman of American Independence 183

8 "Zealous in the Great Cause": Winning Independence 209

9 "The Principles of Liberty": The Massachusetts Scene 237

10 "An Idolater of Republicanism" and the Nation's Constitution 267

11 "The Consistent Republican" in the Turbulent 1790s 289

Epilogue: "The Patriarch of Liberty" 317

Abbreviations and Short Titles 325

Notes 329

Bibliography 381

Index 401

About the Author 419

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