The Cornerstone of Liberty

In 1772, to confront the unjust acts of Great Britain, citizens of Boston formed a Committee of Correspondence to coordinate their efforts with those of the other colonies.  The citizens charged the Committee with several tasks, one of which was to create a statement of the rights of the colonists.  This duty was given to none other than one of the leaders of the original Tea Party, the "Father of the American Revolution" himself, Samuel Adams. "Among the natural rights of the Colonists," began Adams, "are these: First, a right to life; Secondly, to liberty; Thirdly, to property."  On liberty, Adams later added that, "'Just and true liberty, equal and impartial liberty,' a thing that all men are clearly entitled to by the eternal and immutable laws of God and nature, as well as by the law of nations and all well-grounded municipal laws, which must have their foundation in the former." Adams was a Congregationalist who was raised by devout Puritans.  As the...(Read Full Article)