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The Minutemen and Their World (Revised and Expanded Edition)

Robert A. Gross; Foreword by Alan Taylor


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ISBN10: 1250822947
ISBN13: 9781250822949

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Winner of the Bancroft Prize

The Minutemen and Their World, a classic work of historical scholarship first published in 1976, is now appearing in a twenty-fifth anniversary edition with a new foreword by Alan Taylor and a new afterword by the author.

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 presents 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.


Praise for The Minutemen and Their World (Revised and Expanded Edition)

"In this eloquent book, Robert Gross gives us a Concord that we have not encountered before, a surprising place that turns out to be not the quaint community of myth and legend, but a lively society, deeply engaged in the great issues of its revolutionary time—with all the tensions, anxieties, and aspirations that human beings share."—Linda K. Kerber

"The Minutemen and Their World makes the American Revolution live—a vivid, compelling book that dramatizes the political consciousness and armed conflict in the very birthplace of the Revolutionary War. Few books have so brilliantly stood the test of time."—Jon Butler

"For historians, The Minutemen and Their World was a shot heard round the world. It taught us that fine history combines good scholarship with good writing. Its reverberations are still being heard."—Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

"The Minutemen and Their World is a classic in—well, the classic sense of the word: a book of such enduring elegance and interest that it will find a readership in every generation."—Joyce Appleby

"A richly detailed picture of social life and social divisions in Concord, and a lively narrative of the coming of the Revolution there."—Edmund S. Morgan, The New York Review of Books

"This lovely little book captures, intimately and authentically, the life of an eighteenth century New England town . . . gloriously good."—Michael Zuckerman, University of Pennsylvania

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1 “Do Not Be Divided for So Small Matters”

CONCORD ARRIVED AT ITS strategic position in 1775 only after a good deal of foot-dragging. While Bostonians fulminated against British policies in the 1760s and early 1770s, the...

About the author

Robert A. Gross; Foreword by Alan Taylor

Robert A. Gross is the James L. and Shirley A. Draper Professor of Early American History Emeritus at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of The Minutemen and Their World (1976), which won the Bancroft Prize; Books and Libraries in Thoreau’s Concord (1988); and The Transcendentalists and Their World (2021). With Mary Kelley, he is the coeditor of An Extensive Republic: Print, Culture, and Society in the New Nation, 1790–1840 (2010). A former assistant editor of Newsweek, he has written for such periodicals as Esquire, Harper’s Magazine, The Boston Globe, and The New York Times, and his essays have appeared in The American Scholar, The New England Quarterly, Raritan, and The Yale Review.

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