A fiery newspaper editor, he railed ceaselessly against "taxation without representation."In a relentless blizzard of articles and speeches, Adams, a man of New England, argued the urgency of revolution. When the top British general in America, Thomas Gage, offered a general amnesty in June 1775 to all revolutionaries who would lay down their arms, he excepted only two men,ÊJohn Hancock and Samuel Adams: These two were destined for the gallows. It was this pair, author Ira Stoll argues, whom the British were pursuing in their fateful march on Lexington and Concord.In the tradition of David McCullough's John Adams, Joseph Ellis's The Founding Brothers, and Walter Isaacson's Benjamin Franklin, Ira Stoll's Samuel Adams vividly re-creates a world of ideas and action, reminding us that none of these men of courage knew what we know today: that they would prevail and make history anew.The idea that especially inspired Adams was religious in nature: He believed that God had intervened on behalf of the United States and would do so as long asits citizens maintained civic virtue. "We shall never be abandoned by Heaven while we act worthy of its aid and protection," Adams insisted.
A central thesis of this biography is that religion in large part motivated the founding of America.A gifted young historian and newspaperman, Ira Stoll has written a gripping story about the man who was the revolution's moral conscience. Sure to be discussed widely, this book reminds us who Samuel Adams was, why he has been slighted by history, and why he must be remembered.
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Samuel Adams was a brewer and patriot from Boston during the American Revolution. Thomas Paine wrote influential pamphlets during the American Revolution, which have inspired revolutionaries ever since. In protest against the tax on tea imposed by parliament, Boston patriots stormed a ship at night in Boston harbor in 1773 and threw the tea overboard. The colonists were outraged that the British Parliament, in which they had no voice, would impose taxes on them. The battles of Lexington and Concord, fought on April 19, 1775 near Boston, were the first military engagements of the American Revolution.