Shmoop Releases Guides for American Revolution Documents to Celebrate Samuel Adams' Birthday

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In honor of the Founding Father's birthday, Shmoop features study guides for significant primary texts from the American Revolution.

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There's so much historical ground to cover, and we want to make it possible to learn it all without sacrificing the chance to read the documents that paved the way.

It's time to raise a glass and cheers to Samuel Adams' 296th birthday. Nope, not a beer glass—today is all about the Founding Father, who was born on this day in 1722. Besides, Samuel Adams beer didn't even come around until 1984.

Shmoop (, a digital publisher known for its award-winning test prep and certified online courses, has a lot more to offer on this historical day than random brewing company trivia facts. They've analyzed and summarized famous primary texts from the American Revolution to celebrate Adams' role in the founding of the United States. Since humans don't quite live to be nearly 300 years old (yet), what better way to get a glimpse into our forefathers' lives than to get up close and personal with the documents they left behind?

Packed with history and Shmoop's signature wit, these guides cover everything you could ever want to know about each historical text: a summary that translates old-timey phrases that might trip readers up, an in-depth analysis of the historical context surrounding a text, and a section that explores how the perception of the document has changed over time. Do the Articles of Confederation sound as appealing today as they did in 1777? Yeah, not so much. How about the Declaration of Independence? Now that one aged pretty well.

"Shmoop wants to revolutionize the way we learn," says David Siminoff, founder of Shmoop. "Traditional history textbooks can teach you a lot, but who wouldn't also want to read about the main point of a document in a pithy 'tl;dr' recap? There's so much historical ground to cover, and we want to make it possible to learn it all without sacrificing the chance to read the documents that paved the way."

No birthday celebration would be complete without a few more essentials, though. Shmoop's guides also supply an analysis of key figures, themes, and quotes, and loads of other goodies. It's a winning combination for a very history-themed birthday party. Don't forget the colonial-era piñata.

One thing this party definitely won't have, though? Tea. Everyone knows how Adams felt about that.

Students and teachers looking for more structure to their U.S. history will find dozens of online courses in history available as well. Individuals can subscribe to Shmoop for a low monthly rate, while schools and districts can get bulk discounts by contacting sales(at)shmoop(dot)com.

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