By Linda Schmittroth, Mary Kay Rosteck, Stacy A. McConnell
Profiles sixty women and men who have been key avid gamers at the British or American facet of the yankee Revolution, from John Adams, who turned the second one president, to Eliza Wilkinson, who wrote of the day British infantrymen looted her South Carolina domestic.
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The British went forward with their plan to supply the colonies with tea. In December 1773 three ships loaded with containers of tea entered Boston Harbor. Members of the Sons of Liberty were posted at the dock to make sure that none of the tea came ashore. On December 16, at a Boston town meeting, more than seven thousand citizens decided to make a final request that the ships and their cargo be sent back to England. British officials refused. The Boston “Tea Party” A group of forty or fifty men, disguised as Native Americans to protect their identities, went to Boston’s dock area.
England was faced with a huge war debt, however, and the British believed that the colonists should help to pay for the war. In March 1765 the British government passed the Stamp Act, which required colonists to buy stamps and place them on most paper documents and products. The shocked colonists thought that England should be grateful to them for helping win the war. Instead, Americans were being punished with taxes. Later that year Adams was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
Of the time. Her poor spelling and handwriting, however, showed that she was self-taught. Abigail Adams grew into a tall, slender young woman with a long nose, sharp chin, and piercing eyes. She first met twenty-three-year-old John Adams (see entry), a lawyer, when she was fifteen. ” The couple married on October 25, 1764. For more than fifty years, they remained best friends, and John always relied on his wife’s advice. Family endures constant separations The couple’s first home was a small farm in Quincy (then called Braintree), Massachusetts.
American Revolution: biographies by Linda Schmittroth, Mary Kay Rosteck, Stacy A. McConnell