"Shoemaker and the Revolution" summary

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HIST-143 In his interpretive essay “The Shoemaker and the Revolution,” Alfred Young explores the beginning of the Revolution through Robert Twelve Hewes. Hewes, a shoemaker by trade, developed from a man grateful for the recognition of John Hancock to one who considers himself equal with all. From 1768 to 1778 three events occur that lead to his change in self-image: The Boston Massacre, The Boston Tea Party, and the tarring and feathering of John Malcolm. The stress in Boston increased with the murder of an 11 year old and arguments between civilians and British soldiers. The Massacre was the culmination of the built up tension. It resulted in 5 dead and displayed the militant nature of Hewes that had just begun to show itself.
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Unformatted text preview: The Massacre stirred many to political action. The next key event that furthered Hewes development was the Boston Tea Party. This organized event used volunteers of all ranks, especially those least likely to be recognized. It was during the Tea party that Hewes made an officer for his skills. The final event that led to Hewes change in viewpoint involved John Malcolm. After Hewes stops him from hitting a small boy, Malcolm strikes Hewes in the head with a cane, almost penetrating his skull. The uproar from the event leads to Malcolm being tarred and feathered by an angry mob. All of these events transform Hewes and help him develop a greater sense of personal worth....
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course HIST 143 taught by Professor O'hara during the Spring '08 term at Xavier.

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