In an emotionally charged trial John Adams defends the British sentries involved in the Boston Massacre who contend they were provoked into firing on the assembled crowd. John's success brings him offers of positions in the Massachusetts government. But after John Hancock rouses a crowd to tar and feather a representative of the British East India Tea Company and the British respond to the growing unrest with oppressive measures, John instead speaks against the British policies and chooses to represent Massachusetts in the Continental Congress. Written by
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John Adams' cousin Samuel is seen strongly objecting to John's involvement in the Boston Massacre trial. Samuel never publicly objected to John's involvement and David McCullough speculates that he may have even viewed it as good politics. See more
[John Adams and Samuel Adams watch as a British Customs Official is being tarred and feathered by an angry Boston mob
Do you approve of this?
People are hurt when they fight for what is rightfully theirs!
Do you approve of brutal and illegal acts to enforce a political principle, Sam? Answer Me That, Can You?
Written by Rob Lane See more