ERIC Number: ED303386
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Propagandist of the Revolution: Samuel Adams.
Scanlon, Thomas M.
This paper explores Samuel Adam's role as perhaps the most important propagandist of the American Revolution and his efforts to exploit Great Britain's mistakes and to engender in the American colonists a love of liberty and a fear that Great Britain, if not resisted, would replace that liberty with tyranny. Suggesting that the Revolutionary War began in Massachusetts because of Adam's efforts to agitate and provoke incidents, this paper profiles Adam's life, stressing his boyhood conviction that the British were responsible for his family's financial misfortunes and his early devotion to political writing. His roles in developing a large group of loyal followers, in becoming a revolutionary leader, in serving in and guiding the Massachusetts Assembly, and in disseminating propaganda that led to the Boston Massacre are chronicled. Adam's continued leadership and involvement in events that led to the Boston Tea Party and his roles in the Continental Congresses are highlighted. Eight references are included. (JHP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts; United Kingdom (Great Britain)