History Comes Alive at Wellman!
These 5th graders are enjoying interacting with the Presidential Troupe on St. Patrick’s Day. Are they smiling because Ben Franklin is talking about his days in France? Or…are they listening to John Adams as he defends the British soldiers at trial? Or…are they watching the Loyalist as she recalls the Boston Massacre? Or…
You GUESSED it!
It’s Samuel Adams as he riles up the crowd talking about the Stamp Act. “Would you like that? Having to pay a half-penny on every sheet of paper you use.”
History Anecdote: The Sons of Liberty were started in Massachusetts by a loud-mouthed firebrand named Samuel Adams. They grew from a group called the Committees of Correspondence in the early months of 1765 and met in secret in the colonies’ bigger towns, often late at night.
At the age of 43, Sam Adams had failed at just about everything he had tried. He had studied law, lost a fortune in business, and even failed as a tax collector. But all those failures were forgotten when he turned to politics, because Samuel Adams was a spellbinding speaker. He could whip a crowd into a frenzy!