Journal of Occurrences

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During the time that Boston was under seize and the British soldiers controlled the American colonies Samuel Adams took a stand and used the “Journal of Occurrences” to influence the retraction of the British soldier and start a revolution in Colonial Boston by showing how media can play a big role and also influence society with propaganda. Samuel Adams was a writer and publisher of the “Journal of Occurrences” also know as “Journal of the times” and “Journal of Transactions in Boston.” The “Journal” sprung up after the arrival of the British soldiers in the colonial town of Boston. Oliver Morton Dickerson compiler of A Journal of the Times in the book Boston under Military Rule points out the arrival of the British soldiers “So we now behold Boston surrounded at a time of profound peace, with about 14 ships of war, with springs on their cables, and their broadsides to the town!” (1). The initial approach of the British soldiers would spark red flags in any colony especially if approached with war ships which would raise questions to why they are actually there. As John K. Alexander author of “American Revolution Politicians” points out “As Adams predicted the soldiers caused more difficulties and tumults than they stopped (68).” The presence of the soldiers and the many problems they caused provided Adams and his fellow Whigs ample material to fashion propaganda (Alexander 68). The first issue of the “Journal” appeared in the October 13 New-York Journal and covered the period from September 28 through October 2 (Alexander 68). There for after the New-York Journal had an installment of the “Journal of Occurrences.” Samuel Adam was a skillful writer even before the Journals were produces but he used them as an opportunity to speak out against the soldiers and the British government as a whole. “The Journal of Occurrences” “focused on the many grievances that grew out of the military presence in Boston (Alexander 69)” and William M. Fowler, Jr. author of Samuel...
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