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Unformatted text preview: Describing the context in which Samuel Adams lived is difficult, for few men have had such a profound impact on the era in which they lived as Adams. He helped shepherd the thirteen British colonies in America from a peaceful coexistence with their motherland through two decades of political upheaval that culminated in the extended Revolutionary War and the eventual creation of the United States of America. As his cousin, John Adams, once said, "Without him, in my opinion, American Independence could not have been declared in 1776." The Boston that Samuel Adams was born into in 1722 was one of the key trading ports on the east coast, along with Philadelphia and New York. Founded barely a century before by Puritans, under the eye of John Winthrop, it still reflected many of its Puritan roots. However, it was also a growing city full of merchants, traders, and artisans. For roots....
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- Fall '08
- Samuel Adams