John Adams

Katie Harris ~5th period

Who was John Adams?

John Adams was part of the American Revolution against Great Britain. John Adams was part of the Continental Congress and would later be elected president. Even though, Adams was against the Stamp Act, an act from Britain that taxed documents, he did defend British soldiers in court after a massacre killing Americans. Adams was even part of the group that was formed to create the declaration. Overall John Adams civil disobedience played a part in Americans revolt against Great Britain.
John Adams - While I live, let me have a country, a free country!

John Adams and Thoreau

Thoreau believed that the majority should not decide the definition of right but that conscience should make that decision. Thoreau even says that "Can there not be a government in which majorities do not virtually decide right and wrong, but conscience" (Thoreau). Just like Thoreau did not want majorities to decide right and wrong, John Adams did not want Britain to rule over him. John Adams was for freedom from Britain. Thoreau wanted conscience to be the decider of right and wrong and Adams wanted America to be the decider of her government and ruling, free from Britain.


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