Essay on Shoemaker and the Tea Party

1767 Words Jan 6th, 2011 8 Pages
Throughout history, historians have spun events in order to alter and adjust others’ views on the event. This is especially true during Colonial times and the time leading up the American Revolution. During this time, information about the colonist’s events was passed on through word of mouth. One such man that was notorious for this was George Robert Twelves Hewes. Hewes was a Boston shoemaker, who at the age of twenty-eight witnessed four of his closest friends shot to death by The British red coats; he also participated in many of the key events of the Revolutionary crisis.1 Hewes recollections of the events that took place were passed along in the monograph The Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution by Alfred …show more content…
The “discovery” of Hewes brought to light how the Sons of Liberty help jump start the American Revolution on the road to independence for the colonies from Great Britain. Hewes, like “Joe the Plumber,” found himself dragged into politics. Dr. Samuel Van Crowninshield Smith a conservative Jacksonian recognized that Hewes should be known for his age of 93 instead of his actions during the radical event of the Boston Tea Party. 8 Hewes took part in the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre not to be a historical figure, but to fight for freedom. He endured a long and hard life as a middle-class shoemaker. Although he may not have had all the amenities, he made the most of his life. Dr. Crowninshield feels that Hewes should be remembered for this and not as a radical colonist.
Despite the inaccuracies of Hewes’s character, the “discovery” of Hewes led to a reemergence of patriotism by citizens during the 1830s. No longer was the dumping of the tea looked at as destruction but rather looked upon as “the tea party.” Because of Hewes, the public memory of the dumping of the tea was transformed, creating a new spin on the Boston Tea Party, a spin that will even work its way into textbooks. Often the dumping of the tea into the Boston harbor can be incorporated with “No taxation without representation” said by Patrick Henry at the Stamp Act congress in 1765

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