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Transcript of John Adams
In 1770, John Adams decided to represent 8 British soldiers for killing five colonists (known as the Boston Massacre). John Adams believed that it doesn't matter what side you are on but that everyone should have a lawyer to help defend so John decided to take that case, with no hesitation at all. During the trial, John
John Adams was born on October 30, 1735 in Quincy, Massachusetts. John's father, John Adams Sr. was a farmer, a Congregationalist deacon, and a town councilmen. When John Adams was 16 years old, he received a scholarship to attend Harvard University and he accepted. John graduated when he was 20, in 1755. John Adams studied law unlike what his father wanted, which was to go into to ministry. In 1758, John Adams received a masters degree from Harvard.
Writing Articles and Speeches
John Adams was a patriot. He didn't think the Stamp Act was fair so in 1765, Adams wrote
Essay on the Canon and Feudal Law
which was published in the
. In this article, John argued that the Stamp Act was making colonists suffer severely and making it really hard for the colonists. A couple months later, John Adams publicly said a speech that said the Stamp Act was wrong.
By Sara Goldstone
Adams argued that the soldiers who fired were just firing as self-defense and that the mob around the soldiers caused them to shoot and anyone would do the same in a similar situation. 6 of the 8 soldiers were freed while the other 2 soldiers were guilty of manslaughter.