The Shoemaker and the Tea Party by Alfred F. Young
Memory and the American Revolution

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The book is actually two well written essays...I enjoyed this book, a regular person’s view of American history, very much. I thought the author tried to get to his opinions rather than telling a story, but I do like reading and hearing opinions other than my own.
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George Robert Twelves Hewes, a Boston shoemaker who participated in such key events of the American Revolution as the Boston Massacre and the Tea Party, might have been lost to history if not for his longevity and the historical mood of the 1830's. When the Tea Party became a leading symbol of the Revolutionary ear fifty years after the actual event, this 'common man' in his nineties was 'discovered' and celebrated in Boston as a national hero. Young pieces together this extraordinary tale, adding new insights about the role that individual and collective memory play in shaping our understanding of history.
 

About Alfred F. Young

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Alfred F. Young is professor emeritus of history at Northern Illinois University and was a senior research fellow at the Newberry Library in Chicago. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.Gary B. Nash is professor of history emeritus and director of the National Center for History in the Schools at UCLA. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California.Ray Raphael is the author of A People's History of the American Revolution, Founding Myths, and several other books on the nation's founding. He lives in northern California.
 
Published January 17, 2001 by Beacon Press. 292 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by ManoflaBook.com on Jul 03 2014

The book is actually two well written essays...I enjoyed this book, a regular person’s view of American history, very much. I thought the author tried to get to his opinions rather than telling a story, but I do like reading and hearing opinions other than my own.

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