The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams – Stacy Schiff

Oct 18, 2022 | aging, books, culture, Health, politics, seniors, technology

The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams – Stacy Schiff

The Not Old Better Show, Smithsonian Associates Interview Series

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Thomas Jefferson once asserted that “for depth of purpose, zeal, and sagacity, no man in Congress exceeded, if any, equaled Sam Adams.” John Adams called him “the most elegant writer, the most sagacious politician, and celebrated patriot perhaps of all.” But in spite of his celebrated status among America’s Founding Fathers as a revolutionary leader, Samuel Adams’ life and achievements have been largely overshadowed in the history books.

In a spirited conversation today with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff who’ll be appearing at Smithsonian Associates with show favorite Rebecca Boggs Roberts, we will examine this often-overlooked US Constitution founder, Samuel Adams, following his transformation from the listless, failing son of a wealthy family into the tireless, silver-tongued revolutionary who rallied the likes of John Hancock and John Adams behind him. Including a wonderful reading by Stacy Schiff from chapter 2 of her new book:  ‘The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams.’ And ‘A Voice in the Darkness…A Knock on the Door.’  

That, of course, is our guest today, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff, reading from her new book, ‘The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams.’  Please join me in welcoming to The Not Old Better Show, Smithsonian Associate Stacy Schiff.  

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