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What did main events did Samuel Adams have to do with prior to, during, and after the American Revolution

I read a book by William Fowler, "Samuel Adams: Radical Puritan," I am supposed to write about how William Fowler used Samuel Adams to identify a number of themes prior to, during and after the American Revolution. I also need to know what those themes and and concepts considered, what the generalizations about the American Colonial and National society considered and some examples.

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The main theme in the life of Samuel Adams, I would argue, is his commitment to the republican ideal. He expressed this well in one of the numerous reports he wrote as a legislator for the commonwealth of Massachusetts (in a structure of municipalities called "The Committee of Correspondence") for the city of Boston prior to the American Revolution (online at http://history.hanover.edu/texts/adamss.html if you want to have a look at it - this particular report was written in 1772). The essence of the republican ideal is:
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<br> * That political liberty consists in not being dominated by
<br> by a superior power ("The natural liberty of man is to be free
<br> from any superior power on earth, and not to be under the will
<br> or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of
<br> nature for his rule.")
<br> * That the arbitrariness of power, therefore, is the key evil
<br> to be resisted ("...The Legislative has no right to
<br> absolute, arbitrary power over the lives and fortunes of the
<br> people...")
<br> * That liberty consists in the right to live independent of
<br> the power of others as far as possible and have control over
<br> one's means ("Among the natural rights of the Colonists are
<br> ...

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