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Who was the father of the American Revolution Hes a man who seldom gets much credit these days -- except as a brewer which he really wasnt Move over John Adams and Thomas Jefferson its Samuel Adams the subject of a new biography written by John K Alexander professor of history in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences Alexanders new book Samuel Adams Americas Revolutionary Politician takes a new look at a man who was regarded as a great hero in the early 19th century yet has been often been overlooked or even discounted in the intervening 150 years Samuel Adams is not nearly as well known today as he should be He clearly is not seen today as of the same order as the presidents There is much more attention given to the presidents like John Adams and Thomas Jefferson says Alexander an expert on the American Revolutionary era Even worse many people dont even realize who Samuel Adams is While a former student of Alexanders who is now a lawyer in Chicago was reading the new biography on the El three people interrupted him to ask if the book was about Samuel Adams beer According to Alexander Samuel Adams the founding father deserves much more credit than he gets because he truly was the helmsman of the American Revolution as Jefferson dubbed him The label is an accurate one Alexander contends if we are talking about the achievement of independence Samuel Adams more than anybody consistently and ardently worked to convince Americans of the need for independence He strove to keep the revolutionary movement alive when others - including John Adams and John Hancock - abandoned the movement for a period in the early 1770s A Bostonian Samuel Adams was the second cousin of John Adams and a
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