History 2111 - Zemui 1 Meserat Zemui Dr. Saunt History 2111...

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Zemui 1 Meserat Zemui Dr. Saunt History 2111 September 27, 2007 The Shoemaker and the Tea Party What does the life of George Robert Twelves Hewes suggest about how the Revolution should be remembered? How did politics shape the ways that Americans remembered the Revolution in the nineteenth century? In order to answer these two questions, we must first look back at the life of George Robert Twelves Hewes, and we must look back at society in the nineteenth century. Then we must look at Hewes’ life to see what it suggests about the Revolution, and take society in the nineteenth century and look at the political side of it. The life of George Robert Twelves Hewes suggests that the Revolution was fought by average people for their freedom and should be remembered as a war that the common people had to fight in order to win their independence. Politics shaped the ways that Americans remembered the Revolution in the nineteenth century (1800s) by increasing the patriotism of the colonists after the War of 1812, suppressing the voices of the New England Federalists, rediscovering and appreciating Revolutionary War veterans, and by printing history about the Revolution. George Robert Twelves Hewes was born into an impoverished family and was apprenticed off to a shoemaker at a young age, which was one of the lowly occupations of the time. He grew up to become a shoemaker and continued to remain poor for the remainder of his life. During his adulthood, he longed to be on the same level as his social betters, including John
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Zemui 2 Hancock, and “To the shoemaker, one suspects, this above all was what the Revolutionary events of Boston meant, as did the war that followed” (57). The following three events caused him to become involved in the patriot movements of
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