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Samuel Adams: The Father of American Independence
     

Samuel Adams: The Father of American Independence

by Dennis Brindell Fradin
 

A slight figure clad in a threadbare coat, Samuel Adams was an unlikely portrait of a dangerous revolutionary. The man who would later be called the Father of the American Revolution, however, worked tirelessly behind the scenes to achieve the goal of American independence, uniting his genius for words and his passion for politics to urge countless numbers toward

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A slight figure clad in a threadbare coat, Samuel Adams was an unlikely portrait of a dangerous revolutionary. The man who would later be called the Father of the American Revolution, however, worked tirelessly behind the scenes to achieve the goal of American independence, uniting his genius for words and his passion for politics to urge countless numbers toward revolution. In this insightful biography, Dennis Brindell Fradin traces Adams's life from boyhood to his two terms as one of Massachusetts's most senior senators, for a thoughtful and dramatic account of the pioneer whose indomitable spirit shaped the national character of what would become the United States. Author's note, bibliography, index.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The author's contribution successfully adds to the repertoire of information available to young people regarding the movers and shakers in American history." NATE-Language Arts
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Clarion's series of biographies on interesting Americans continues its high quality level with this in-depth portrait of Samuel Adams. Cousin to that other Adams-John-Samuel was no slouch in his own right. This native Bostonian was a natural politician and rabble-rouser, and made it his life's work to free the American colonies from Britain. How he did this through creation of The Sons of Liberty and by endless correspondence that resulted in the First Continental Congress makes for fascinating reading. Fradin tells the story well, and doesn't balk at myth breaking (the most wonderful example of which is the real lowdown on the so-called Boston Massacre.) Both teachers and students of the American Revolution can learn much from this book.
VOYA - Kitty Krahnke
It is clear from the first page of this well-documented and visually attractive biography that Samuel Adams was a unique person in American history, one who was compelled early in his education and youth to obtain freedom for his country. The book stresses that this was Adams's passion and his only goal in life, resulting at times in his forsaking his family. Called the "Father of the American independence" and "Father of the Revolution," Adams founded the Sons of the Liberty and spent years writing letters to newspapers using over one hundred aliases in hopes to incite people to this cause. Many times he gave credit to others for his efforts. Fradin's research shows that the British were not fooled; they wanted Adams dead and marched their army to Lexington to find him, resulting in the opening volley of the Revolutionary War. Not a conformist, Adams was thought by many to be a failure because keeping a regular job was of no importance to him. This exciting and exceptionally well-written book is filled with eye-opening facts about the man and his role in the creation of America. Well selected black-and-white photos and copies of paintings are placed on almost every other page, enhancing the text and providing a visual experience of the period and the people. The text reads like a fast-paced novel, providing insight into the exploding events of these early years in the development of our country. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Biblio. Source Notes. VOYA Codes: 5Q 4P M J (Hard to imagine it being any better written, Broad general YA appeal, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8 and Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9).
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-Behind the scenes in Massachusetts politics and in the formation of the new nation, seldom seeking reward or public credit, Samuel Adams played a major role in the events that brought lasting fame to his cousin John Adams, his close friend John Hancock, and his associate Paul Revere. With the possible exception of Patrick Henry of Virginia, he was the first political figure to see the necessity of revolution decades before the outbreak of the war. Fradin's carefully researched and detailed account, illustrated with black-and-white portraits and prints, does much to clarify the importance of Adams's role in history. Although plagued by financial failure, troubled by family losses, and bearing a reputation for fractious politicking, he worked assiduously through his writings, personal contacts, and behind-the-scenes prompting to push events toward the hoped for confrontation with George III and the establishment of the new nation. This much-needed biography focuses on Samuel Adams as an astute politician, able propagandist, and inspired patriot.-Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395825105
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Edition description:
None
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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"The author's contribution successfully adds to the repertoire of information available to young people regarding the movers and shakers in American history." NATE-Language Arts

Meet the Author

Dennis Brindell Fradin is the author of many books for young readers, including the well-received SAMUEL ADAMS: THE FATHER OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE and, with coauthor and wife Judith Bloom Fradin, IDA B. WELLS: MOTHER OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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