By Andres Beteta, Jorel Olan, Nikhil Kesarla
Though Samuel Adams was considered as a republican, his views were often a combination of both democratic and republican ideologies. Sam Adams' views all stemmed from the fact that he strongly believed that the colonies should be separated from Britain. Sam Adams was also part of the sons of liberty, which was a group that was dedicated to preserving colonial rights. Samuel Adams was a governor of Massachusetts, and also helped draft the Declaration of Independence. Most of Sam Adam’s views pertained to colonial rights, as he was one of the founding fathers of the United States and started the movement that became the American Revolution.
Contribution to/participation in colonial development/colonial independence
- Integrity is defined as being honest and following strong and moral principles. Samuel Adams was a man with integrity, because he usually always stuck to what he believed in, even at the cost of his own life. For example, Samuel Adams lived in a time where the British constantly sought ways to tax its colonies and repress them. Instead of simply doing what Britain told him to do, he stuck to what he thought was right and sought American independence by organizing revolutions and boycotts.
- Sam Adams also showed integrity through the various taxes Britain placed on its colonies. Adams tirelessly worked to repeal these acts by sticking to his principles, and proved the the taxes Britain tried to pass on its colonies were unjust and immoral. This shows how Sam Adams always exhibited integrity and stuck to what he thought was right.
- Citizenship is defined as the duty of a citizen to his country. Samuel Adams was a key member of the Sons of Liberty, a group of American patriots that supported acts they believed were the best for the colonies, such as going against the Sugar Act and the Stamp Act imposed by the British government.
- Samuel Adams is considered one of the founding fathers of the United States of America. He had a very long political career (60 years) in the colonies and came up with numerous significant contributions against the British oppression, including the "No taxation without representation" argument, a leading role in the Boston Tea Party, and signing the Declaration of Independance, which boosted his loyalty and citizenship to the newly founded nation.