Samuel Adams and Crispus Attucks: Who was the true American hero?

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Samuel Adams was, in my opinion, a “real American hero” during the pre-Revolutionary period in American history. He was influential in securing independence from Britain, and supported civil and economic rights for the American people. In addition, his role in the establishment of the Sons of Liberty, the committees of correspondence, and the 1st Continental Congress was instrumental in America’s shift towards independence. He brewed up support for the American Revolution in his various essays and speeches to his people. More than a decade before the Declaration of Independence, Adams wrote that individuals were "inalienably entitled to those essential rights in common with all men," which was a key theme in the Declaration of Independence. Samuel Adams not only supported individual’s rights and justice, but he also set the standard for future leaders in the United States. One of the specific reasons that I admire Samuel Adams is he always stood up for what he believed, and throughout his political career, he upheld his support for civil liberties. Unlike many politicians today, he never changed his mind on controversial issues for political gain. For these reasons, Samuel Adams can rightfully be called a “true American hero.” When one thinks of heroes in American history, one may think of George Washington or Samuel Adams. Those two each get ample coverage in traditional textbooks. On the other hand, Crispus Attucks, a run away slave turned sailor, usually is only mentioned as one of the casualties of the Boston Massacre and nothing more in textbooks. However, he is much more than that; his death represented the groundwork in the motivation for the American Revolution. He was just a common protesting and expressing his opinion on the oppressive Townshend Acts, much like many other men during the time. Although not much is known about Attucks, he still

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