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Sara Slayton9-26-09ID 4Adams, SamuelSamuel Adams contributed greatly to the American Revolution through political writingsand organizing rebellions. Particularly, he helped lead the Boston Tea Party. He was alsosignificant for attending the First Continental Congress of 1774, signing the Declarationof Independence, and until 1781, serving in Congress. Although he appearedunintimidating, he was in fact a passionate, determined, and daring political leader.Boston MassacreMany soldiers were sent to the colonies in order to keep peace, resulting in frequentconfrontations. On March 5, 1770, sixty colonists taunted ten British soldiers. Withoutorders, the aggravated red coats opened fire, wounding and killing eleven citizens.Crispus Attucks, the leader of the mob, was one of the first killed. The colonists andsoldiers both were to blame, and in the ensuing trial only two red coats were convicted ofhomicide.Boston Tea PartyThe East India Tea Company was granted a monopoly by Britain in order to stop thecompany from becoming bankrupt. This resulted in less expensive tea. However, thecolonists saw this as another imposition of taxes by Parliament. The Boston colonistswould not permit the ships to unload the tea while the Massachusetts governor wouldn’tlet the ships leave. Members of the “Sons of Liberty,” on December 16, 1773, dressed upas Indians and boarded and dumped £10,000 worth of tea. It came to be known as theBoston Tea Party.Committees of CorrespondenceThe Townshend Acts, while failing to produce a profit, did result in ill will. Particularly,the colonists were most angered about the act that paid government officials throughcolonist taxes. Samuel Adams, a political leader, organized in Massachusetts theCommittees of Correspondence, which quickly gained popularity. The organizationsserved to spread opposition through the exchange of letters. Soon every colony had

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Term
Fall
Professor
MarkTomasetti
Tags
Boston Tea Party, Intolerable Acts, Samuel Adams, AP US History, American Revolution

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