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Winner of the Bancroft Prize  

On April 19, 1775, the American Revolution began at the Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts. The "shot heard round the world" catapulted this sleepy New England town into the midst of revolutionary fervor, and Concord went on to become the intellectual capital of the new republic. The town - future home to Emerson, Thoreau, and Hawthorne - soon came to symbolize devotion to liberty, intellectual freedom, and the stubborn integrity of rural life. In The Minutemen and Their World, Robert Gross has written a remarkably subtle and detailed reconstruction of the lives and community of this special place, and a compelling interpretation of the American Revolution as a social movement.

©1976 Robert A. Gross; Foreword Copyright 2001 by Alan Taylor; Afterword Copyright 2001 by Robert A. Gross. (P)2019 Tantor
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Interesting

If you want a glimpse into the times of the period this covers it. If you are looking for a detailed account of the minutemen, this probably won't satisfy.

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A Social not Military History

If one is into American social history this book goes into minute and exacting detail. It paints a vivid picture of life during the period up to and after the Revolution providing understanding of everyday life and how the war changed everything. The book is very dry material but very well researched and presented and best of all well performed. I'd hoped the book was less social and more martial in nature but alas it was not.

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The same conflicts persist through time

Interesting to read that life has not changed in it’s basic human conflicts: religion, people of means in power which continues through generations, the low status and opportunity for women, the poor, the blacks to control their lives, old vs young, sexual revolution of the young in the religious community- shocked that in Concord as early as 1760s that one of three pregnancies occurred out of wedlock !