- Series: American Century
- Paperback: 242 pages
- Publisher: Hill and Wang; 1 edition (April 30, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0809001209
- ISBN-13: 978-0809001200
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“In this eloquent book, Robert Gross gives us a Concord that we have not encountered before, a surprising place that turns out to be not the quaint community of myth and legend, but a lively society, deeply engaged in the great issues of its revolutionary time--with all the tensions, anxieties, and aspirations that human being share.” ―Linda K. Kerber
“The Minutemen and Their World makes the American Revolution live--a vivid, compelling book that dramatizes the political consciousness and armed conflict in the very birthplace of the Revolutionary War. Few books have so brilliantly stood the test of time.” ―Jon Butler
“For historians, The Minutemen and Their World was a shot heard round the world. It taught us that fine history combines good scholarlship with good writing. Its reverberations are still being heard.” ―Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
“The Minutemen and Their World is a classic in--well, the classic sense of the world: a book of such enduring elegance and interest that it will find a readership in every generation.” ―Joyce Appleby
“A richly detailed picture of social life and social divisions in Concord, and a lively narrative of the coming of the Revolution there.” ―Edmund S. Morgan, The New York Review of Books
“This lovely little book captures, intimately and authentically, the life of an eighteenth century New England town . . . gloriously good.” ―Michael Zuckerman, University of Pennsylvania
About the Author
Robert A. Gross is the James L. and Shirley A. Draper Professor of Early American History at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of Books and Libraries in Thoreau's Concord (1988) and editor of In Debt to Shays: The Bicentennial of an Agrian Rebellion (1993).
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We know that history is really made by ordinary people, that history is far more than wars, dates, treaties, and big-name leaders. But the stories of ordinary people are seldom available to us, especially 200 years (or more) after the fact. Using the techniques of social history research, Gross brings to life the real people who lived in Concord before, during, and after the events that started the actual fighting that was the Revolutionary War. I've always believed that no fiction can be as juicy as real life. Gross certainly gives us a juicy story of the lives and concerns of early Concordians. Conflict, sex, hope and failure. It's all here. And more. Gross also gives us a personal, moment-by-moment description of the events of April 18-19, 1975 in Lexington and Concord from the time British Redcoats left Boston, through the massacre in Lexington and the confrontation -- and first shots by the Patriots -- at the North Bridge in Concord, through the British retreat. And what about afterwards? What impact did these events have on the citizens in the years following? Gross lets us know.
What was special for me was discovering that Rev. William Emerson, the pastor who lived right next to the North Bridge and encouraged the Minutemen throughout their struggles, is the grandfather of Ralph Waldo Emerson who was friend to Hawthorne, supporter of Thoreau, and influence on Alcott. All this from one small town!