Part 1, Chapter 1
• John Adams was born in Braintree, Massachusetts, on October 30, 1735.
• Adams entered Harvard at 15, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1759.
• Adams married Abigail Smith on October 25, 1764.
• The Adamses welcomed a daughter, Abigail (Nabby) in 1765 and a son, John Quincy, in 1767.
• The Stamp Act levied by the British on American raised the ire of the colonists and prompted Adams to write "no taxation without representation."
• British troops fire into a crowd of people, killing five and the event is labeled "The Boston Massacre."
• Adams revels in the Boston Tea Party for its dramatic rebellion against Britain.
Part 1, Chapter 2
• Adams arrives in Philadelphia for the First Continental Congress in 1774.
• Adams is amazed by the assembly of minds gathered for the congress.
• Adams leaves Philadelphia after two months in a wistful mood brought on by endless debates and no solutions.
• In February of 1776, Adams returns to Philadelphia...
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