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The Boston Teaparty And American Revolution: The Story Of George Robert Twelves Hewes. About The Book: "The Shoemaker And The Tea Party" By Alfred F. Young

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The revolution in America gained momentum as Britain continued to pass new taxes and send more soldiers to the continent. The American people, along with their anger over the Appalachian Mountain boundary, did not enjoy these new taxes. Their protests and demonstrations were initially only in defiance to the new laws, but as their patience was continually tested, their thoughts turned towards independence. Although the idea of independence came about slowly, it is inaccurate to say that the colonists were "reluctant" in their efforts. George Robert Twelves Hewes is a perfect example of a colonist who was "excited with an inextinguishable desire to aid in chastising [the British]"(Young 55). ...view middle of the document...

Notice that he was "stirred" to action, not reluctantly pushed or forced. "Stirred" symbolizes a sense of excitement and eagerness. The Tea Party can be used as another example of Boston's willing commitment to the cause. According to Hewes, he did not know who or how many would be accompanying him onto the ships. Despite this uncertainty, Hewes was not concerned because "from the significant allusion of some persons in whom I had confidence, together with the knowledge I had of the spirit of those times, I had no doubt but that a sufficient number of associates would accompany me in that enterprise" (Young from Hawkes 42-43). Hewes confidence in his fellow citizens was well spent, many showed up in the late hours of the night to work for three hours throwing tea into the harbor. Thousands more watched from the shore, there seemed to be no lack of support for the colonists' cause. The boarding parties did not consist of the famous political leaders of the time, rather "it was proposed that young men, not much known in the town and not liable to be recognized should lead in the business"(Young 43). This only reiterates the large numbers of normal citizens willing to volunteer for such a job in "the spirit of those times." Hewes commitment exceeded that which was expected of him, "as the Tea Party ended, [he] was stirred to further action on his own initiative, just as he had been in the hours after the Massacre"(Young 45). Again, Hewes was "stirred" to action not at all required of him. This incident...

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