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By Linda Schmittroth, Mary Kay Rosteck, Stacy A. McConnell

Profiles sixty women and men who have been key avid gamers at the British or American aspect of the yankee Revolution, from John Adams, who grew to become the second one president, to Eliza Wilkinson, who wrote of the day British infantrymen looted her South Carolina domestic.

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Despite the cries for revenge that came from many New Englanders, Adams insisted that the “redcoats” (British soldiers wore red uniforms) receive a fair trial. When criticized for defending the British soldiers, Adams responded that in a free country all men deserved the right to be defended against their accusers. Through the efforts of Adams and other colonial lawyers, eight of the soldiers and their commander were set free on the grounds of self-defense. Two were found guilty of manslaughter (killing of a human being without any bad intent).

In order to make ends meet, Adams was forced to sell or trade the tea, handkerchiefs, and other items her husband sent her from Europe. Abigail Adams 3 Adamses Inoculated for Smallpox In 1721 an American doctor named Zabdiel Boylston (1679–1766) introduced the process of inoculation for smallpox to Boston. A smallpox epidemic was raging throughout the city and beyond its borders, and inoculations were the best-known way to ward off this serious disease. Smallpox causes fever, vomiting, skin eruptions, and sometimes death and is easily passed to others.

Adams became vice president because he received the second-largest number of votes. ” He sometimes resented playing second fiddle to Washington, but he supported the president in the belief that the duties of the offices of president and vice president should be carried out with great John Adams 15 dignity. However, Adams opposed the attitudes of his Federalist colleagues who believed that the rich and well educated should have more influence than ordinary citizens (see box). Elected president, has troubles with France After Washington’s second term as president ended, Adams was elected president of the United States in 1796.

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