APUSH ID 4 - Sara Slayton ID 4 Adams Samuel Samuel Adams contributed greatly to the American Revolution through political writings and organizing

APUSH ID 4 - Sara Slayton ID 4 Adams Samuel Samuel Adams...

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Sara Slayton 9-26-09 ID 4 Adams, Samuel Samuel Adams contributed greatly to the American Revolution through political writings and organizing rebellions. Particularly, he helped lead the Boston Tea Party. He was also significant for attending the First Continental Congress of 1774, signing the Declaration of Independence, and until 1781, serving in Congress. Although he appeared unintimidating, he was in fact a passionate, determined, and daring political leader. Boston Massacre Many soldiers were sent to the colonies in order to keep peace, resulting in frequent confrontations. On March 5, 1770, sixty colonists taunted ten British soldiers. Without orders, 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 and soldiers both were to blame, and in the ensuing trial only two red coats were convicted of homicide. Boston Tea Party The East India Tea Company was granted a monopoly by Britain in order to stop the company from becoming bankrupt. This resulted in less expensive tea. However, the colonists saw this as another imposition of taxes by Parliament. The Boston colonists would not permit the ships to unload the tea while the Massachusetts governor wouldn’t let the ships leave. Members of the “Sons of Liberty,” on December 16, 1773, dressed up as Indians and boarded and dumped £10,000 worth of tea. It came to be known as the Boston Tea Party. Committees of Correspondence The 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 through colonist taxes. Samuel Adams, a political leader, organized in Massachusetts the Committees of Correspondence, which quickly gained popularity. The organizations served to spread opposition through the exchange of letters. Soon every colony had

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