Lead: In the 1700s the United States broke from England. No colony in history had done that before. This series examines America’s Revolution.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: Sam Adams was born in 1722 and attended Harvard. Though a convinced Calvinist, he declined to enter the ministry and followed his father into business, though he never demonstrated an aptitude for commercial success. He was an accomplished politician and agitator whose political base was the Caucus Club, an organization made up of artisans, tradesmen, doctors and lawyers formed to influence the elections of the Town meeting. During the Stamp Act crisis, the Caucus Club gradually merged into the Sons of Liberty. Adams became a powerful leader in this group and served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and eventually as Governor. He was sent to the Second Continental Congress where he signed the Declaration of Independence along with his second cousin, John Adams.

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