Samuel Adams and the Vagabond Henry Tufts

Virtue Meets Vice in the Revolutionary Era


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About the Book

One a revolutionary leader and the other a vagabond who deserted from the Continental Army, Samuel Adams and Henry Tufts appear opposites, yet they were two sides of the same coin. While one devoted his life to overthrowing British colonial rule and the other to rambling, womanizing and stealing horses, Adams and Tufts represented the self-interested capacity for survival as well as the lofty ideals that made the American Revolution possible. When they crossed paths in 1794, with Adams serving as governor of Massachusetts and Tufts a hapless prisoner facing the gallows, it was the serendipitous climax of three decades of revolutionary activity and crime.
Recalling the sometimes complementary roles of virtue and vice in the early republic, the story of these two men reflects themes of the American Revolution, including class differences among colonists, the importance of education in fostering republicanism, and the founders’ emphasis on improving criminal justice. It is also a story of redemption—both for these two imperfect individuals and for the revolution that they participated in.

About the Author(s)

Nathaniel Parry is an American researcher and writer living in Denmark. He is the author or editor of several books and his work has appeared in outlets such as Consortium News, In These Times, Common Dreams, Global Research, and Truthout. Since 2008, he has worked at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe, where he is currently head of communications.

Bibliographic Details

Nathaniel Parry
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 308
Bibliographic Info: 16 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2024
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9471-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5267-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface 1
Introduction 5
Part I—Rebels and Rogues 19
1. Seeds of Rebellion 20
2. Crime, Vice and Enlightenment 32
3. Legitimate Lawlessness 49
4. Escalation 65
5. Living with the Indians 81
Part II—Incongruities 95
6. Patriots, Slaves and Loyalists 96
7. Spirit of ’76? 114
8. Class Divisions in the Revolution 129
9. Alcohol in the Revolution 144
10. Framers vs. Farmers 161
Part III—Republican Values 173
11. We the Rabble 174
12. Crime and Capital Punishment 191
13. Unleashing Genius and Dismantling Patriarchy 206
14. Heroes, ­Anti-Heroes and Villains 219
15. Coming to Terms with the Revolution 235
Chapter Notes 251
Bibliography 285
Index 289