• March 11th, 2016

Remembering the American Revolution

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DIRECTIONS: In answering the question below, you will write a two-part essay of approximately 1700 to 2000 words that focuses on Alfred F. Young’s The Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution.  This is approximately 3 to 4 pages of text, double-spaced, in 12-point font.  (Be sure to consult the Style Sheet.)

 

ESSAY QUESTION: In The Shoemaker and the Tea Party, Alfred F. Young writes, “In a time of upheaval, ordinary people make events possible” (206).

PART ONE: How does the perspective of George R. T. Hewes, an ordinary person, shape our interpretation of the Revolution and its significance?  Use specific examples from Young’s discussion of Hewes.

PART TWO: highlight two or three specific examples of the ways that the public memory of the American Revolution changed between 1783 and the present.  Using these examples as evidence, construct an argument about how we ought to remember the history of the American Revolution.

The best papers will find a way to integrate the answers to these two questions into a single essay.

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