Charles Davis

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

The Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution , by Alfred F. Young. Beacon Press, 288 pages, $15.00. A lfred F. Young seeks to illuminate the American Revolution by examining the life of George Robert Twelves Hewes, a rank-and-file tradesman whose name appears with peculiar frequency in early American documents. What led a poor shoemaker to venture into the political arena at such a tumultuous time? Young asks. And how did taking action affect Hewes's life? And more generally, why has Hewes been granted a place in history when the majority of his peers have been forgotten? Young was drawn to Hewes for practical reasons: An inordinately large amount of print material about him has survived. The author dutifully chronicles the events of the shoemaker's life--his apprenticeship at a young age, his attempt to join the military (which failed because he didn't meet the height requirement), his shoemaking business, and later his presence at the Boston Massacre and...