In this lesson, students will study the life of John Hancock. They will learn about the ways he worked to support the Revolutionary cause, his partnership with Samuel Adams in resisting British tyranny, the effectiveness of his rhetoric, and much more.
Handout A: John Hancock (1737–1793)
Handout B: Vocabulary and Context Questions
Handout C: In His Own Words: John Hancock on the Anniversary of the Boston Massacre
Handout D: Analysis: John Hancock on the Anniversary of the Boston Massacre
Introductory Essay: Explaining the Founding
Additional Classroom Activities
Glossary of Eighteenth-Century Definitions