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Explain the Basis of the Moral Judgments Made by Samuel Adams and Thomas Hutchinson

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Read this week's Electronic Reserve Readings.

Write a paragraph of approximately 100 words for each of the following questions.

1.Using the critical thinking skills you have gained and the materials provided for this assignment, identify two possible strategies that Thomas Hutchinson or Samuel Adams, or both, likely used to develop and improve his thinking prior to taking a stand and acting according to his beliefs.

Thomas Hutchinson could have used critical thinking strategies by obeying the letter of the law. He didn't always agree with the way the British ruled the colonies, but he did what he thought was the right thing by upholding the law. He was also born in the colonies but worked for the British, that put him at odds with Samuel Adams. Samuel Adams was more likely to rewrite the law to become what he wanted. Evidence of this was shown when he was tax collector, he traded non payment of taxes for political power, in doing this he showed little regard for the law again

2.Explain the importance of building a foundation for critical and creative thinking when evaluating historical events such as the Boston Tea Party.

A foundation is important and necessary to the process of critical thinking. Critical thinking is very important in life situations because it gives us the ability to analyze, explain and look at just the facts. You can also change your beliefs by using critical thinking, because critical thinking rids you of false beliefs. When examining history when using critical thinking, you rule and identify distortion misinformation, self-deception, etc. On the other hand creative thinking can be summed up by calling creative thinking, "thinking outside of the box." It is a much more emotional basis for making decisions. If you use only creative thinking the ending or out come could just be a fairy tail.

3.Explain the basis of the moral judgments made by Samuel Adams and Thomas Hutchinson.

Moral judgment is the different between right and wrong, by this I mean that most people know that it is wrong to steal or tell a lie. It is right to tell the truth. The moral judgment made by Samuel Adams and Thomas Hutchinson was what they thought right and wrong to be. When saying right and wrong Samuel and Thomas both thought that the people should not be taxed for reasons that they did not see. These two men thought that being taxed was wrong of the British to do and they didn't think that it was right, so they stood up for what they thought was right. They each stood up for what they believed in, in different manners. Thomas obeyed by the law and Samuel did not.

4.What steps do you think Samuel Adams and Thomas Hutchinson took toward becoming individuals and which steps ultimately made them such important historical figures?

Samuel Adams believed in his heart, that he was fighting for freedom. He wanted to fight the British, because of the tea monopoly, the tea taxes, and the cheap tea that was putting Americans out of business. He was a very clever man with very good ideas and used his skills with people around him to carry out his ideas. Thomas Hutchinson wanted to help the colonies by controlling the colonies. The tea taxes would have no impact on him and his family, because he was a British employee. Hutchinson believed that the British had the right to rule the colonies and he was the man to help do this.

5.In this class, we have discussed common habits that hinder critical thinking. Which of these habits may have been a factor in how Samuel Adams and Thomas Hutchinson viewed the issues that led to the Boston Tea Party? How could they have overcome those habits?

Thomas Hutchinson used his critical thinking to uphold the law, but he based his critical thinking on the emotional background that he had with the colonists. He was able to act as an individual because he was payed by the British and he was not influenced by American taxes. Hutchinson refused to allow the East Indian Tea Company merchants to back down, and refused to allow their ships to leave port without unloading the cargo or paying taxes. Hutchinson's habit of resiting change was the downfall for his critical thinking to be wrong. Samuel Adams worked the people of the colonies bending them to his will by claiming it was not the act of a mob, but a justified protest. The only thing left for the people to do was to defend their constitutional rights. His critical thinking was faulty because he used people's emotions to get his way.




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