Why Is Sam Adams Important To The Revolution

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Sam Adams: Father of the Revolution The United States owes its distinctiveness to the achievements of many people. However, there were those who had a more profound influence on America’s success in becoming a unique nation such as Sam Adams. He used his influence as a leader in the Boston community and as a member of the Massachusetts General Court to steer public opinion before and during the American War for Independence. Sam Adams specifically influenced the United States in becoming a distinct nation through his leadership and his writings. First, Sam Adams helped America become a distinct nation through his strong leadership. Adams first came to the public scene during the opposition of the Stamp Act in 1765. He was the leader of…show more content…
By September of 1777, the cause for independence looked bleak. The Americans had recently lost the strategic Fort Ticonderoga, and Washington had lost the Battle of Brandywine where there were nearly seven hundred American casualties and four hundred American troops captured. France had not yet agreed to support the colonies militarily, and the British had captured Philadelphia, the colonial capital. The delegates fled to Yorktown, Pennsylvania to meet and discuss how to move forward. Throughout the meeting, Adams saw the delegates’ disheartened faces, and he knew that if Congress lost hope the war world be unrecoverable. Although he remained silent for most of the deliberation, he finally stood and encouraged, “Let us awaken then, and evince a different spirit. . . . We shall never be abandoned by Heaven while we act worthy of its aid and protection.” Adams remained positive even when others were discouraged, giving enough hope to other delegates to push forward in their cause. In fact, about a month after Adams’s rallying speech, colonial forces captured over five thousand redcoats at the Battle of Saratoga, an event that changed the course of the
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