Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Battles of Lexington and Concord

The Ride of Paul Revere

Word arrived that the newly formed  had chosen to defy the British government. General Gage was ordered to suppress the rebellion in Massachusetts and seize the leaders of the Sons of Liberty, among them Samuel Adams and John Hancock. On April 19th, 1775 nearly 800 redcoats were dispatched to Concord, twenty miles west of Boston. […] more

First Continental Congress

Carpenter's Hall, Philadelphia

The First Continental Congress met from September 5th to October 26th, 1774 in Carpenter’s Hall, the seat of the Pennsylvania Congress. Triggered by the Intolerable Acts, the purpose of the Congress was to present a united voice to the authority of Great Britain. Fifty six delegates from 12 colonies attended, they were chosen by their […] more

After the Boston Massacre

Tea Tax

The  had brought Adams great success as a lawyer. Within a decade of establishing his practice he had one of the heaviest caseloads of any lawyer in Massachusetts, nearly 450 cases. His clients were wealthy merchants, politicians and the country’s elite. To add to his success as a lawyer Adams was chosen to be the […] more

Events that led to the Boston Massacre

Stamp Act Protest

Since 1765 the people of Boston had been heading protests against British taxation, first against the Stamp Act and then in 1767 against the Townshend Acts. Citizens believed that Britain did not have the right to tax them because they did not elect their representatives in Parliament.  Only the Massachusetts Assembly, whose members were elected […] more

After the Stamp Act

Letters of a Farmer in Pennsylvania

John Adams moved to Boston Cheered by the repeal of the Stamp Act in 1766 the situation in Boston was back to normal. Americans did not protests the newly adopted Declaratory Act, however many, specially Sons of Liberty members saw more taxation coming their way. As John’s caseload in Boston increased he spent long periods of […] more

The young lawyer – 1762 to 1767

Old Courthouse- Boston

As a young lawyer with a thriving practice John was ready to settle down. In 1762 he proposed Abigail Smith but because of her young age, she was seventeen, they agreed upon a two year engagement before the weeding. In October 25th, 1764 they finally married, John was twenty eight and Abigail nineteen. During this […] more

The Boston Massacre Trials

Boston Massacre Trial

At the end of March 1770, just three weeks after the , a grand jury had indicted Captain Preston and his men as well as four civilians accused of having fired from the window of the Customs House. The soldiers of the twenty-ninth regiment accused of murder were William Wemms, James Hartigan, William McCauley, Hugh […] more

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