Shoemaker and the Tea Party Essay

1788 WordsJan 5, 20118 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…
He also dragged on with long digressions in order to add to the story.6He biggest mistake was not knowing enough about the Revolution in order to accurately portray Hewes. This made him portray Hewes with the same virtues of Benjamin Franklin and a selfless patriot. On a positive note, he allowed Hewes to add his own feelings and ideas into the bibliography, thus, creating a simplistic and truthful story. On the contrary, Thatcher embellished and falsified dialogue in order to add to Hewes’s story. He would regularly add anecdotes about Hewes’s youth and the revolution that were more than likely fabricated. “Thus, Hatchers portrayal, while fuller than Hawkes’s, is also more flawed.” Both authors took an average Joe and made him into a radical figure. Others have also chosen to alter the character of Hewes, even in a painting. The painting, which ordered by John Davis, president of the Massachusetts Historical Society and United States Attorney at law, depicted only one side Hewes. When the painting was finished it was hung in the Boston Athenaum described as “a place of fashionable resort.” Although the painting of Hewes was a nice gesture, it failed to show both sides of the story. He was a vital figure in the events leading up to the American Revolution but he was also a shoemaker for his entire life, which the portrait failed to portray. Additionally, the portrait failed to portray the real life characteristics of Hewes. For example, an indentation in his
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