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The Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution


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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 teh 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 the Author

Alfred F. Young is Senior Research Fellow at the Newberry Library in Chicago and professor emeritus of history at Northern Illinois University. He lives in Oak Park, Illinois.

Table of Contents

George Robert Twelves Hewes (1742-1840). A man in his nineties ; A Boston childhood ; The apprentice ; The shoemaker ; The massacre ; The tea party ; Tar and feathers ; The patriot ; Soldier and sailor ; Family man ; Veteran ; Hero — When did they start calling it the Boston Tea Party?. Taming the revolution, 1765-1775 ; The destruction of the tea, 1773 ; Taming the memory of the revolution, 1783-1820 ; Merchants, mill owners, and master mechanics ; The discovery of the veterans, 1825 ; Claiming the revolution: the radical challenge, 1835 ; The recoverery of the tea party ; The appropriation of a shoemaker ; Into history: the ongoing contest for the revolution.

Product Details

Beacon Press
History : General
Young, Alfred F.
Young, Alfred Fabian
Publication Date:
January 2001

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Health and Self-Help » Psychology » Cognitive Science
History and Social Science » US History » Revolution and Constitution Era
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