American Revolution: biographies by Linda Schmittroth, Mary Kay Rosteck, Stacy A. McConnell

By Linda Schmittroth, Mary Kay Rosteck, Stacy A. McConnell

Profiles sixty women and men who have been key gamers at the British or American aspect of the yankee Revolution, from John Adams, who turned the second one president, to Eliza Wilkinson, who wrote of the day British squaddies looted her South Carolina domestic.

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Adams preferred to stay in the background, writing articles and organizing demonstrations. In May 1766 word reached Boston that the Stamp Act had been repealed by the British at the urging of British merchants whose businesses had been suffering. All of Boston celebrated what would prove to be a short-lived victory. Increases efforts to defy British In 1767 the British placed new taxes on lead, glass, paint, paper, and tea, items widely used in the colonies. ” He said that Parliament, England’s law-making body, had no right to tax Americans because the colonists had no representation in Parliament.

His father, also named John, was a farmer and a church deacon who directed the affairs of his hometown for more than twenty years. Adams’s mother, Susanna Boyleston Adams, came from a respected Brookline, Massachusetts, family. John Adams was very close to his mother. His biographer Page Smith wrote that “she brought a touch of [city worldliness] to the family. She had ... ” As a child, Adams loved spending time in the woods and fields that surrounded his Braintree home. “I spent my time as idle children do in making and sailing boats and ships Portrait: John Adams.

18 American Revolution: Biographies Butterfield, L. , March Friedlaender, and Mary-Jo Klein, eds. The Book of Abigail and John: Selected Letters of the Adams Family, 1762–1784. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1975. Peabody, James Bishop, ed. John Adams: A Biography in His Own Words. New York: Newsweek, 1973. Lukes, Bonnie L. The Boston Massacre. San Diego: Lucent Books, 1998. Sandak, Cass R. The John Adamses. New York: Crestwood, 1992. Smith, Page. John Adams. New York: Doubleday, 1962.

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