By Jayne E. Triber
Portraying the guy in the back of the parable, "A actual Republican" is going past the recognized "ride" to discover Paul Revere's higher function within the American Revolution, the evolution of his political suggestion, and his transformation from innovative artisan to entrepreneur within the early republic. "The top complete biography we've of Revere".--Gordon S. wooden, writer of "The Radicalism of the yank Revolution". thirteen illustrations.
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Paul Revere's story is the chronicle of a master artisan whose ambition for economic success and social distinction drew him to the republican ideals of liberty and equality; who found a sense of purpose, enhanced social status, and exhilaration in his role as a Son of Liberty and messenger of the American Revolution; and who discovered both the opportunities and the limitations of post-Revolutionary republicanism. Revere's story is also a larger chronicle of the historical events and cultural developments that transformed him from colonial subject to citizen of the new republic.
35 Within a short time of the Knowles riot, another controversy broke out in Massachusetts over the actions of one of the Reveres' North End neighbors. In 1748, with the end of King George's War, Parliament granted Massachusetts £183,649 sterling as its share of war compensation. When Thomas Hutchinson drafted a bill for the immediate retirement of all paper currency, the mass of ordinary Bostonians saw that their interests would be sacrificed to the interests of wealthy merchants hoping to profit by their purchase of depreciated paper currency.
Like Franklin, Knox, and Rittenhouse, Paul Revere used the knowledge contained in books as ideas to be tested against the reality of observation and experimentation. His eventual success as a bell and cannon founder and copper manufacturer was a combination of trial-and-error experimentation and the application of les- Page 15 sons learned from reading such works as Watson's Chemical Essays. In the 1790s, as he developed his expertise in metallurgy, he enjoyed corresponding with educated experts on the subject, even writing to Reverend Richard Watson to correct an error in his chemistry text.