Robert A. Gross's The Minutemen And Their World

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Can you imagine living in the eighteenth century, during the arising of the American Revolution? The Minutemen and Their World, by Robert A. Gross gives you a vivid image of life during the American Revolution. This book explains the struggle of the working men in Concord before, during, and after the American Revolution. Life in Concord before the American Revolution was good, it was an average town with roughly 1,500 inhabitant. Concordians didn’t believe in democracy, so Concord was ruled by a leader who was normally wealthy. Their view of life was ranks and degrees. In issues the town come upon, only having one meeting hall used for Sabbath, town meetings, school etc. but, this meeting hall was about three miles from the “outlivers” this…show more content…
April 19, 1775, shots were fired and Concord a war ready community. America’s fight for its Independence’s begun. No one expected the long eight year struggle with war verse Britain. The first two British assaults were at Bunker Hill. One Concord Company took these brunt attacks and suffered three dead, the town’s first losses in war. The Concordians were not discouraged by this lost. In March of 1776, the Battle of Dorchester Height occurred and the Americans manipulated the Redcoats into abandoning Boston. Although, the colonies were getting accustom to being a self-governed states, the problem of winning the fight for Independence was still escalating. In 1775, the Continental Congress had a problem: it had controlled the sixteen-thousand-man army outside of Boston, but had no money to pay them and no power to raise taxes this lead to “I.O.U.’s” meaning they will pay the men later, but this put them in deeper finical distress. In a three year period beef went for $0.04 a pound to $1.69 a pound and paper money lost all value. Joseph Homer represented the town General Court for most of the war years, and he consistently voted for paper money because gold and silver was scarce in rural communities. Even Pasteur’s salaries decreased tremendously. Since a large number of men were getting drafted for the war, it left women at home having to run the farms. After, 1778 people were tired of the war and it was being
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