By Jayne E. Triber
Portraying the guy at the back of the parable, "A real Republican" is going past the recognized "ride" to discover Paul Revere's better position within the American Revolution, the evolution of his political proposal, and his transformation from innovative artisan to entrepreneur within the early republic. "The most sensible complete biography now we have of Revere".--Gordon S. wooden, writer of "The Radicalism of the yank Revolution". thirteen illustrations.
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34 Where Commodore Knowles saw the necessity of colonial submission to royal authority, the inhabitants of Massachusetts saw the invasion of their individual Page 19 rights and colonial sovereignty. They invoked an interpretation of the proper authority over royal military forces in the province that was at odds with the Crown's view. After the Glorious Revolution of 1688, moderate Whigs in England accepted the necessity of a professional army to defend England, as long as it was under parliamentary control.
His elegant lady made her appearance in an imported brocade, damask, or velvet gown with whalebone stays and hoop skirts, brightly colored shoes, and elaborate coiffure piled atop a frame erected on her head. In contrast, an artisan and his wife wore clothing more for practicality than appearance. While he helped his father make silver knee buckles for wealthy customers, Paul wore a rough linen shirt, leather apron, and leather knee breeches. His mother and his sisters wore linen or wool Page 11 dresses, petticoats, and an undergarment called a shift.
But in the overall social hierarchy, he stood in the middle ranks. Property and wealth could help an artisan move upward, but the absence of the other attributes of gentility would block his entrance into the highest ranks of society. Paul Revere might grow up to be a Page 17 wealthy artisan, but he still lacked the liberal education, good breeding, refined manner, and independence from labor that marked the gentleman. Although his craft allowed Revere a certain degree of creativity and independence in the design and ornamentation of his silver, he was nonetheless confined to interpreting and adapting the English and European styles favored by Boston's merchant elite.
A true Republican: the life of Paul Revere by Jayne E. Triber