Proposed the Albany Plan of Union at the Albany Conference. The plan was to help the colonies defend themselves against the French. It was not approved. Served on the committee that wrote the Declaration of Independence.
Sons of Liberty
A secret, political group of patriots led by Samuel Adams. Their aim was to protect the colonists from British abuses of power.
Leader of the Sons of Liberty and one of the primary figures in establishing the Committees of Correspondence. John Adams was his cousin.
A Boston dock worker of Native American and African descent, was one of the five colonists killed in the Boston Massacre. He is considered a "martyr of the Revolution."
A Boston silversmith, was a member of the Sons of Liberty and was one of the ringleaders of the Boston Tea Party. Most famous for his "midnight ride"
Author of the pamphlet, Common Sense, he helped convince colonists that the only logical course of action would be to separate from Great Britain.
was a fierce defender of individual rights. In Virginia, he was the leader of protests against the Stamp Act and was strongly in favor of independence. He is most famous for his "Give me liberty, or give me death!" speech.
A statesman, farmer, inventor, musician, founder of a university, and more, was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence.
was the King of England when the colonies broke from Britain and declared their independence. He is referred to as a tyrant in the Declaration of Independence.
were "citizen soldiers." They were colonists who were members of their local militias and were expected to be ready "on a minute's notice" if the alarm was raised.