Guest Author - Rebecca Graf
Anytime someone wants to create something huge, like a revolution, you need billows to help the smoldering fire that is hiding to burst forth and burn with fury. When it came to the American Revolution, Samuel Adams was the billows that changed the world.
This man found the perfect home by living in the colonies in the mid-1700ís. Discontent was brewing in various pockets throughout the colonies. England was not exactly trying to keep good relations with the colonists. This discontent needed more oxygen to grow and expand.
Samuel Adams was a man who knew exactly how to bring forth those flames. He was not instigating war out of revenge or downright meanness. He was a man who firmly believed that the colonies needed to be independent of their motherland. He thought that the colonies would be better off on their own.
A talent of writing that can sway the masses is a rare gift. Samuel Adams had that gift. He wrote numerous pieces, few have survived, that kept the colonists aware of how they were being slighted. With the slights always in their face through Adamsí writings, the desire to part ways from England grew to a feverish pitch.
Along with such passionate writing, Adams helped gather delegates from all the colonies. He knew that writings would do it alone. There needed to be an obvious united front of all the colonies. The only way to do this would be to get them all together.
Adams suggested that the colonies meet to discuss their options and possible revolution in the eyes of some. Others saw the value in this and gathered. This was a meeting that led to the First Continental Congress.
Samuel Adams served on the congresses and helped push the delegates to declaring independence. Yet, he did it with finesse. Adams was known by all, including those that opposed him, as a man of integrity and honor. He was not a man who tried to force a revolution. He was a man who laid out the facts and then waited on you to join him. He was also a man who was willing to lay out the facts multiple times until the opposition was on his side.
A way with words, patience, persistence, integrity made up the man that some have called The Father of Liberty. Thomas Jefferson officially holds that title, but many over the years have felt that Samuel Adams truly deserved that title as he was the one who opened the door to independence and helped the colonies unite.