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John Adams
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.46

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     challenging words:    constable, manslaughter, highly, during, jury, cases, organization, schooling, colonial, businessman, hatred, adult, defense, jobs, attack, wine
     content words:    Samuel Adams, Great Britain, John Adams, Stamp Act, John Hancock, Boston Massacre, Thomas Preston, Captain Preston


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John Adams
By Jane Runyon
  

1     During the colonial years, there were two Mr. Adams. Samuel Adams was a businessman. He organized groups who wanted to separate from Great Britain. The other Mr. Adams was John Adams. He wasn't in on the organization of rebellions, but he became more famous than Samuel. He was a man who believed in being fair. He dedicated himself to doing what he thought was right.
 
2     John Adams was born in Braintree, Massachusetts, in 1735. If you look on a map of Massachusetts, you will find that Braintree is now called Quincy. His father was a farmer who took on jobs in the village such as collecting taxes and being the constable, or town policeman. John didn't care much about going to school. He would rather have been outdoors hunting. His parents worried that he would never amount to much as an adult if he didn't get more serious. As he grew, John did become a better student and eventually finished his schooling and became a lawyer.
 
3     John was present at several trials in Boston where colonists were charged with crimes against the king. The colonists had begun smuggling goods to America to avoid paying taxes to England. He began to believe that the taxes were not fair to the colonists.

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