Sam Adams and Committees of Correspondence Were Essential to Development of U.S. Democracy

In the years prior to the American revolution, citizens in the various colonies organized ‘correspondence committees‘ to share ideas in the new experiment called self-government. They were “shadow governments organized by the Patriot leaders of the Thirteen Colonies on the eve of the American Revolution,” Wikipedia explained. “The committees of correspondence rallied opposition on common causes and established plans for collective action, and so the group of committees was the beginning of what later became a formal political union among the colonies.”

Social media reformers are suggesting that online communities

Return to These Roots of American Democracy.

Before considering that, let’s learn more about the correspondence committees:

Studies Weekly: “In 18th century America, fighting and division were rampant. At the Albany Congress, the colonies came together to unite as one body and attempt to create a governing body that would one day become the United States of America.”

Reading Through History: Albany Plan of Union and Committees of Correspondence. Details.

“Prof. Allison describes Samuel Adams life and accomplishments, along with the beginning of the Committees of Correspondence and Communications. This course explores the history of Boston from the 1600’s to the present day.” — Boston History. Committees of Correspondence and Communications.


Ancestral Findings: “Samuel Adams is one of the most famous names associated with the American Revolution. However, what do you really know about him other than that he has his face and name on a popular brand of American beer? Today I’ll talk about the real story of this extraordinary American patriot.” He was the first to protest “taxation without representation.”

Samuel Adams [1722-1803] was a politician in colonial MA. He was a second cousin to his fellow Founding Father, President John Adams. “The man most responsible for the revolutionary movement, was a failure at everything he tried except politics. A master of political maneuver and propaganda, Sam Adams carefully and dramatically led Massachusetts and the rest of the colonies toward independence.” —
Holman’s History.

Related:

Social Media Reflection 7: Return to the Roots of American Democracy?

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