Robert Gross ' The Minutemen And Their World

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Robert Gross’ The Minutemen and Their World examines a town 's role in the events of the colonial revolution. Specifically that of Concord, Massachusetts in the years before, during and after the Revolution. Gross provides details about the inner workings of town politics, religion, and society for the period. He notes how town’s people’s rivalries and religious fissures occupied the townspeople through the prerevolutionary period. Gross details how Concord was largely absent from the pre-Revolutionary activities of other communities, and then the unification process that occurred as conflict grew closer. By analyzing specific events in the town’s history Goss is able to draw conclusions about why certain events took place leading up to…show more content…
Goss explains that the city of Concord refused these petitions of secessions in order to not increase taxes on the remaining citizens for payment of the ministers fixed salary. He then goes on to explain that up until the revolution started to ignite, Concord had been very much divided because of the church. He even states that “in Concord it was conflict within the established church rather than sectionalism that posed the most severe test of the integrity of the town in the generation before the Revolution” (40). Goss says that, “the troubles began back in 1738, when the town had to fire its minister of twenty years’ standing, the Reverend John Whiting… his successor, Daniel Bliss was even more controversial” (40). Under Bliss many of the people in the “southeastern part of town…suddenly discovered that the Sabbath journey was long and hard” (42). It wasn’t until Bliss’ death that William Emerson became minister of Concord. However, with this selection Emerson gained a divided town. Dr. Joseph Lee was the loudest voice to speak out against Emerson. Lee sad that “the pastors “introduction into the town” … “was scandalous for it was done by lying and deceit… and it laid a foundation for much trouble, contention, confusion and every evil work.” (44). It would not be until the Boston Massacre that this division of Concord would begin to be remedied. “The transformation of Concord politics
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