This full-life biography includes analysis of Adams's education, political philosophy, religious attitudes, social values, and family relationships. While his extraordinary role in achieving American independence is closely analyzed, the post-independence period, including his tenure as governor of Massachusetts, is not neglected. The core theme is that Adams was unflinchingly committed to promoting and defending republican constitutions and ideals. He wanted the revolutionary generation to bequeath a land of liberty and equality to the nation's posterity.
John K. Alexander is Professor of History and Distinguished Teaching Professor (Emeritus) at the University of Cincinnati. An associate editor of American National Biography (1999), he is also the author of Render Them Submissive: Responses to Poverty in Philadelphia, 1760-1800 (1980), The Selling of the Constitutional Convention of 1787: A History of News Coverage (1990), and Samuel Adams: America's Revolutionary Politician (2002).
Preface Chapter 1: The Failure of Promise Chapter 2: The People Shall Be Heard Chapter 3: The Lurking Serpent Chapter 4: The Politics of Principle Chapter 5: The Great Incendiary Confronts the Quiet Period Chapter 6: Britain Miscalculates and the Great Incendiary Strikes Chapter 7: The Helmsman of American Independence Chapter 8: "Zealous in the Great Cause": Winning Independence Chapter 9: "The Principles of Liberty": The Massachusetts Scene Chapter 10: "An Idolator of Republicanism" and the Nation's Constitution Chapter 11: "The Consistent Republican" in the Turbulent 1790s Epilogue Bibliography