By Jayne E. Triber
Portraying the fellow at the back of the parable, "A real Republican" is going past the well-known "ride" to discover Paul Revere's better function within the American Revolution, the evolution of his political idea, and his transformation from innovative artisan to entrepreneur within the early republic. "The most sensible complete biography we've got of Revere".--Gordon S. wooden, writer of "The Radicalism of the yank Revolution". thirteen illustrations.
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Granted, his wealth was also the result of ruthless and questionable business practices and his proficiency at profiting from a war that brought an astonishing loss of life for Massachusetts recruits and severe economic anguish for those at the bottom of the social structure. 16 While Paul Revere's father was establishing himself as a master goldsmith, another Boston apprentice was aspiring to a loftier status than that of a Boston printer. Born in 1706, Benjamin Franklin, a tallow-chandler's son, showed early promise as a scholar.
For the next quartet's rent, her oldest son paid the debt with cash and by making ten rings for his landlord. Over the next two years, Paul Revere, like so many other young artisans and farmers' sons, would be caught between dependence and independence. Not yet old enough to run a business or inherit the family farm, these young men would work for their families and await the day when they would be on their own.
But in the overall social hierarchy, he stood in the middle ranks. Property and wealth could help an artisan move upward, but the absence of the other attributes of gentility would block his entrance into the highest ranks of society. Paul Revere might grow up to be a Page 17 wealthy artisan, but he still lacked the liberal education, good breeding, refined manner, and independence from labor that marked the gentleman. Although his craft allowed Revere a certain degree of creativity and independence in the design and ornamentation of his silver, he was nonetheless confined to interpreting and adapting the English and European styles favored by Boston's merchant elite.
A true Republican: the life of Paul Revere by Jayne E. Triber