John Adams – December 17, 1773

Experience the American dream with today’s Patriots of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.

It’s December 17, 1773. It’s the day after the Boston Tea Party and I’m with John Adams. His cousin, Samuel Adams, led the tea party last night.

JG: “Mr. Adams, is your cousin, Sam, okay?”

JA: “He’s fine, John. I’m so proud of him and I admire his passion to fight for the principles of liberty. Destruction of the tea was a bold and daring act. It will have important and lasting results. It will be a turning point in our quest for freedom. The Sons of Liberty will prevail!”

A turning point it was as the British declared martial law and the colonies called for independence.

Read the full text of John Adams’ journal entry on December 17, 1773, where he recounts the events surrounding the Boston Tea Party.

John and Jan Gillespie are the founders of the Rawhide Boys’ Ranch; they have fostered 351 teenagers and wrote the book Our 351 Sons; they have also assisted numerous churches in developing youth programs and expanding their total church ministries. After running for U.S. Senate, John founded 1776 American Dream, which exists to demonstrate the vision of our founding fathers and help our generation of youth passionately embrace those values.

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