Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Day 25, February 19
It was the most controversial case of its day: the defense of the British soldiers accused of carrying out what would come to be known as the Boston Massacre. Amid the outrage that followed the shooting, which resulted in the deaths of five colonists, one young Boston attorney courageously took the case to ensure that justice was served.
John Adams was a fervent supporter of American independence.. Few citizens were more more outspoken than Adams for the cause of independence. However, as deeply as he believed in independence from Britain, he believed just as deeply in justice. When British soldiers were accused of deliberate murder, Adams knew he had to do something.
His unpopular stand in defending the soldiers earned him few friends, and, in fact, even resulted in the loss of some friends, but Adams refused to back down from what he knew to be right.