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

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Beacon Press, 1999 - History - 262 pages
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Award-winning historian Alfred F. Young unearths a rich story of the American Revolution with this account of George Robert Twelves Hewes, a Boston shoemaker who took part in such key events as the Boston Massacre and the Tea Party, and then served in the militia and as a seaman. Young pieces together this extraordinary tale and adds to it poignant reflections on the historical value of oral testimony and memory, and explores key questions about a time crucial in the shaping of national identity: What did it mean for the Tea Party to be claimed as an American symbol by both Boston Brahmins and the first trade unions? How do the memories of ordinary people pass into history? How should their stories be recognized by keepers of the past? Young's search leads us on an exciting journey and offers a provocative reading of American history.
 

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Alfred F. Young, "George Robert Twelves Hewes (1742-1840): A Boston Shoemaker and the Memory of the American Revolution," WMQ 3d ser., 38 (1981): 561-623. Young begins with a portrait of 18th Century ... Read full review

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An incisive social-history examines the Boston Tea Party through the life of one its participants and examines how history is both preserved and changed in the popular memory. An excellent work of historical research. Read full review

Contents

A Man in His Nineties
7
A Boston Childhood
14
The Apprentice
20
The Shoemaker
26
The Massacre
33
The Tea Party
42
Tar and Feathers
46
The Patriot
52
The Destruction of the Tea 1773
99
Taming the Memory of the Revolution 17831820
108
Merchants Mill Owners and Master Mechanics
121
The Discovery of the Veterans 1825
132
Claiming the Revolution The Radical Challenge 1835
143
The Recovery of the Tea Party
155
The Appropriation of a Shoemaker
166
Into History The Ongoing Contest for the Revolution
180

Soldier and Sailor
58
Family Man
67
Veteran
71
Hero
79
When Did They Start Calling It the Boston Tea Party? The Contest for the Memory of the American Revolution
85
Taming the Revolution 17651775
92
Afterword
195
Notes
208
Acknowledgments
249
Index
254
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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.

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