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When Americans think of the founding fathers, one man is consistently overlooked by historians and the general public: Samuel Adams. Adams, "the patriarch of liberty," as Jefferson called him, was critical to independence. He was responsible for planning and instigating the Boston Tea Party; he successfully demanded the withdrawal of British troops from Boston after the Boston Massacre; he signed the Declaration of Independence; and he was a pivotal swing vote in favor of ratifying the Constitution. In this program, Ira Stoll restores this riveting figure to his rightful place in history.
Ira Stoll is vice president and managing editor of The New York Sun, which he helped to found. He has been a consultant to the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal, managing editor and Washington correspondent for the Forward, and a reporter for The Los Angeles Times.