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Samuel Adams
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     challenging words:    imposing, influential, banking, representative, legislature, lieutenant, serving, politics, responsible, well-respected, successful, persuade, formation, political, protest, founder
     content words:    American Revolution, Samuel Adams, Harvard University, When King George III, Stamp Act, John Hancock, Boston Tea Party, Revolutionary War, Boston Massacre, First Continental Congress


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Samuel Adams
By Jane Runyon
  

1     One of the least famous men responsible for the American Revolution was Samuel Adams. His voice, his words, his wisdom, and his face could be found in almost every event connected to the colonists' fight for freedom. Just how much do you know about him?
 
2     Samuel Adams was born in the colony of Massachusetts in September 1722. His father was a successful and well-respected leader in the colony. When he was fourteen, Samuel entered Harvard University in Boston. He was awarded a degree four years later, and a master's degree after three more years. He thought about becoming a lawyer, but he was convinced by his mother to try his hand at banking. He found that he was much more interested in politics in Boston.
 
3     Samuel Adams had been concerned about the rights of the colonies at an early age. He decided that the English were taking advantage of the colonies by imposing taxes on them without giving the colonists any say in the matter. He joined local political clubs whose members opposed the idea of the king appointing British subjects as governors.

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