A True Republican: The Life of Paul Revere by Jayne E. Triber

By Jayne E. Triber

Portraying the fellow in the back of the parable, A actual Republican goes past the recognized "ride" to discover Paul Revere's greater function within the American Revolution, the evolution of his political proposal, and his transformation from progressive artisan to entrepreneur within the early republic. Jayne E. Triber's insightful studying of either basic and secondary sources―including govt files, Masonic documents, and Revere's own and enterprise papers―illuminates the social, cultural, and fiscal elements that formed Revere's progressive actions in addition to his ardent interpretation of republicanism. during the lens of 1 man's lifestyles, Triber explores the that means and charm of republicanism for artisans, the social constitution of progressive and post-Revolutionary the USA, the significance of Free-masonry, and the advance of political events within the newly shaped republic.

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Although burdened with adult responsibilities, Paul was not legally an adult and could not open his own silversmith shop. Possibly he ran a shop under his mother's name, or he might have worked for the silversmith Nathaniel Hurd. Whatever the circumstances, Paul's entrance into adulthood was not easy, and difficult economic times lay ahead. 1 King George's War, which ended in 1748, had brought substantial profits to merchants, supply contractors, and privateers, but the postwar depression brought hardship to families in the middling ranks.

Apprenticed to Colonel Daniel Henchman, a prosperous Boston bookbinder and bookseller, Thomas Hancock took the first step upward by marrying Henchman's daughter, Lydia. He soon expanded his horizons in the 1730s by investing in trading vessels. When war broke out in 1740 between England and its perennial enemy, France, Hancock was well positioned to make his fortune by profiting from the bounty of his privateers on the high seas and the inflated prices of wartime contracts. His ability to curry favor with Massachusetts governor William Shirley resulted in Hancock's success in obtaining supply contracts for the British assault on Louisburg, Nova Scotia, in 1745.

He might also have wondered why his neighbors were so angry at Thomas Hutchinson for proposing immediate redemption that they threatened to let his house burn in 1748 and later forced him to withdraw to the safety of his country Page 20 house in Milton. It is difficult to know when Paul Revere's political awakening began, but family tradition says that his attendance at the sermons of Dr. Jonathan Mayhew may have been a turning point. 37 According to family tradition, Paul's father beat his fifteen-year-old son for attending Dr.

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