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The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams

The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams

Highlights from the Episode

Stacy Schiff: Adams in particular, and this is mentioned over and over in the in the letters of governors and lieutenant governors, is understood to be kind of a bad egg and eager to upset things because he is penniless and a desperado. And it’s under this assumption that because he’s bankrupt and doesn’t have any money, he wants to just upend the entire system.

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No one seems to think he’s acting from principle. No one seems to remember that he’s actually a well-born son who’s downwardly mobile, which is a different item from someone who grew up in poverty. And I think the opposite is also true. I think it was hard for Adams to believe that anyone who was wealthy could be principled. So I think it went both ways.

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