The two stars for me was only because it did not keep my interest all the way through the book. The author successfully shows that the men of Concord who took up arms were not fighting to bring about change, but to attempt to hold onto a world that was disappearing. This book wasn't nearly as exciting or intersting as other books on the American Revolution but that shouldn't discount that valuable tidbits that Gross does offer. The center of New England political life in colonial times was the town meeting, at which all citizens who owned property with an assessed annual rental value of a little over 3 pounds could vote, for local selectmen and town magistrates, a clerk and the local minister and their representative to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, who in turn represented thei. Did the American Revolution suddenly make Concord more cosmopolitan in its outlook? Gross does well to make his scope broad enough to show the changes that occur in Concord, while maintaining his focus on the Minutemen and the development of the American Character through the American Revolution. The changes the Revolution had on the people of Concord were the building blocks of our democratic society as we know it today.
We see how three minutes at Concord's North Bridge is enough to change the order of the universe; then, it's over, events move on and the townsfolk are left to dal with the aftermath, some better than others. He lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. This is a dense read, so it was good of Gross to keep it to under 200 pages. For those primarily interested in the military aspects, there is not much here. I also enjoyed the fact that this book focused on one town in particular and how it acted and reacted during the American Revolution.
It's an account of one town situated on the crossroads of history, and what life was like for those living there at that time. It was also a center for trade and communication in the area because of the high quality of roads that ran to and from Concord. He was then succeeded by a man named Daniel Bliss. The structure of following certain families gives a continuity that makes for a fine read. According to Robert Ressler et al.
Rather than focusing exclusively on the battle itself, Gross gives great insight into the conflicts within the community especially in the church and in the family that were symptomatic of America prior to the onset of the Revolution. His evidence rather suggests that unchecked demographic growth i. By the end I found I enjoyed it more than I thought, as the author tied everything together at the end. When they sent the document to the towns for signing, most were reluctant, but Concord signed their own, revised version. Galileo Galilei and Johannes Kepler not long afterwards discovered evidence using the moons of other planets in the solar system that would. Wood and Gross both argue that pre-Revolutionary society was very hierarchical, deferential, and traditionalist in its outlook. He often brought up issues irrelevant to his thesis, bogged the reader down with dates and names that were unnecessary and went off on tangents.
He gives insight of the war from the viewpoint of Concord and talks about peoples motivations for wanting war and for fighting. A few of the men against the Great Awakening came over to Bliss' side but most remained bitter against the pastor, as well as the town. Each of the succeeding castes is conditioned to be slightly less physically and intellectually impressive. This probably peaked his interest and also gave him access to all the town records that would be required for gathering together information for a book like this. Gross could have been more succinct.
This resulted in the separation of the towns people and the foundation of multiple smaller communities that held counsels of their own. Once a person gets control of their inner self then they overcome challenges that they face in their new life as they move into the. For those This is primarily about their world, and the Minutemen featured were prominent among the small fraction of Minutemen who were Concord residents. And now done after last night with this excellent, interesting book. A lot of the fear and resentment focuses around taxation.
In Robert Gross's novel The Minutemen and Their World these changes are stated specifically for the town of Concord. He gives a detailed account of Concord, Massachusetts, in the period before, during, and after the Revolutionary War. However, I expect to review many types of nonfiction. It is naturally programmed in a human being to try to get more then he is able, even if it causes mistreatment of others. Militiamen were conscripted for short terms of three to six months.
Gross does well to make his scope broad enough to show the changes that occur in Concord, while maintaining his focus on the Minutemen and the development of the American Character through the American Revolution. Whereas, during the revolution these types of issues were placed on the back burner so that the meetings could focus on much more pressing issues. Gross is Forrest Murden, Jr. Gross argues that the American Revolution transformed Concord by making its people more resistant to authority, rank and privilege, economically progressive, and less insular in its politics and social worldview. Hindus are meant to be good people who stay away from sinfulness and they focus on finding their own true self.
Gross, a Concord resident, historian and accomplished author is an authority on the Revolutionary War and its social impact on the community of Concord. He revived the towns' religion, more then doubling the attendance in two years. These are of the night of the accident and show the reader that Tom is affected by the actions of his brother on that night. Slow at some points and contradictory within the same pages at points, but serves to make his point that the development of a Concordian identity was a turbulent process of various power struggles. Lenina Crowne, an employee at the factory, describes to the boys how she vaccinates embryos destined for tropical climates.
It depends on the man. Concord's population was spread out over many farms and much land around the center of the town. American historians should check it out. Nothing wrong with this book in particular. Samuel Adams, John Adams, Patrick Henry, and George Washington were among the more famous men who attended.