The Declaration of Independence: Translucent Poetry

By |2018-11-21T08:39:10-05:00July 4th, 2015|

Section I  The Legacy of the Declaration When American schoolchildren first discover that they have a place in the world they sometimes give their addresses a wonderful form. Transformed for our case, it would be: “Proper Name, St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland, the United States of America, the North American continent, the Earth, the Solar [...]

Samuel Adams on Voting

By |2016-11-26T09:52:12-05:00November 1st, 2012|

by Samuel Adams Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual — or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society [...]

The Baleful Comet of Boston: Samuel Adams & the Puritan Republic

By |2018-09-24T14:23:07-05:00June 13th, 2012|Tags: |

Samuel Adams (September 27, 1722-October 2, 1803), the political "boss" of the Boston town meeting, maltster, tax collector, essayist, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Articles of Confederation, leader of the Continental Congress, and a great influence over the public life of Massachusetts during the early years of the Republic. Called by Thomas Jefferson [...]