The Minutemen and Their World

The Minutemen and Their World Winner of the Bancroft Prize The Minutemen and Their World first published in is reissued now in a twenty fifth anniversary edition with a new Foreword by Alan Taylor and a new Afterword by the

  • Title: The Minutemen and Their World
  • Author: Robert A. Gross
  • ISBN: 9780809001200
  • Page: 130
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winner of the Bancroft Prize The Minutemen and Their World, first published in 1976, is reissued now 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 EnglandWinner of the Bancroft Prize The Minutemen and Their World, first published in 1976, is reissued now 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 has written 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.

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    1. An excellent little book -- though its argument is shaky. Gross describes life in the town of Concord, Massachusetts in the years before, during, and after the American Revolution. He argues that the Revolution marked a significant change in Concordians' consciousness; they became more individualistic, egalitarian, resistant to authority. What Gross actually shows, however, is that the key changes in Concord community life began decades before the Revolution and continued to gather force for dec [...]

    2. Excellent book. He gives a detailed account of Concord, Massachusetts, in the period before, during, and after the Revolutionary War. It highlights the details of daily life in the late colonial and early republic eras for real people (average Americans), and it shows how the movement for independence was something that many colonists were reluctant to pursue even in that hotbed of aggitation Massachusetts (almost right up to the breakout of hostilities). It's also one of the best accounts of th [...]

    3. Robert Gross' The Minutemen and Their World offers an excellent social history of Concord, Massachusetts before, during, and after the American Revolution. Gross combed through the archives and used demographic records and written correspondence to reconstruct the daily lives of Concordians. He advances a tenuous argument that the American Revolution precipitated a social, intellectual, and economic revolution in Concord. Gross argues that the American Revolution transformed Concord by making it [...]

    4. Very interesting book that leads the reader to enjoy the eb and flow of the common people as they go from deference to activist and back over and over throughout the development of the Revolution. Gross does well to make his scope broad enough to show the changes that occur in Concord, while maintaining his focus on the Minutemen and the development of the American Character through the American Revolution. Perfect for someone with a basic understanding of the revolution to make a more personal, [...]

    5. This book really captured me. I expected to read the introduction, the topic sentences, and the conclusion, as us grad students are wont to do when we have stacks upon stacks of books to read. But, despite my need to sleep, I ended up reading almost every word of this one. The subject matter is engrossing, although I do feel that Gross doesn't have much of a thesis. But, still, it stands as a classic and as a great example of new social history.

    6. A surprisingly intimate and well-written history of the personal stresses that put the average minuteman's finger on the trigger just before the shot heard 'round the world. One kernel that's kind of (maybe scarily) relevant for today: By the time you start fighting to protect the world you know, the world you know is already mostly gone and you're 3/4 of the way to a totally different world you wouldn't recognized.

    7. This is actually a pair of books, Gross's book teamed with TRACES OF THE PAST: A GUIDE TO MINUTE MAN NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK. "Traces" tells the story of this national historical park in Massachusetts through its archeological story; "Minutemen" focus on the people and events that thrust the town of Concord, Massachusetts into the forefront of the American Revolution. If you're a Revolutionary War fan - or even a national parks buff - these combines are a powerful read. We get a glimpse of Conc [...]

    8. Nothing wrong with this book in particular. History of Concord Massachusetts before during and after the revolution. The two stars for me was only because it did not keep my interest all the way through the book. I found that in large sections I was reading the first and last sentences of paragraphs to skip through. But otherwise, though written in about 1975, it's still a very good book to read worth the time. my copy was from 1980.

    9. Read this book for my history class, really gave me a new perspective on the role Concord played in the American Revolution!

    10. A really well-written and compellingly told story of the town that played host to the "shot heard round the world," and the varied forces that led to its participation in the revolution. Gross makes clear the complexity of Concord's involvement: the American Revolution was not an inevitable happening for Concord, nor was there uniform rejoicing in its outcomes.3.5/5.

    11. Like many social histories of the 1970's, Gross uses in-depth statistics and a case study approach to uncover the broader story about the social, political, and economic changes that occurred in Massachusetts during the Revolutionary Era. Gross paints a detailed portrait of this community. He shows that most of its political concerns were local, but that the bigger revolutionary concerns of British encroachments on their liberty and autonomy resonated widely with them too. They were reluctant bu [...]

    12. Will begin soon and perhaps read concurrently with "Mockingjay" since they share a common theme - rebellion. My paperback copy, which I got from the break room at work, has a different cover. It's a struggle to find time right NOW to get into this but I'm trying. Pretty interesting so far.Interesting to read that all was not so harmonious in Concord leading up to the revolution. A major ongoing(for years) political/religious soap opera divided the town.I read quote a bit last night, including a [...]

    13. If you're a fan of social history, this is for you. It's not epic, it's not a history of the revolution per se. It's an account of one town situated on the crossroads of history, and what life was like for those living there at that time. It discusses internal political dynamics, family dynamics, and how these both mirror and shape Concord's actions leading up to, during, and immediately after the Revolutionary War. Gross was among those pioneering the use of household data to look at the lives [...]

    14. Read for a teacher institute this summer. Interesting, but not engaging. Something only professional historians, and Rev War enthusiasts and re-enactors would like. Well written and supported by solid research, tells the story of Concord, MA from the colonial era, through the revolution, and into the new republic. Concord is used as a microcosm to study the changes in a community during that period. By the end I found I enjoyed it more than I thought, as the author tied everything together at th [...]

    15. This book wasn't nearly as exciting or intersting as other books on the American Revolution but that shouldn't discount that valuable tidbits that Gross does offer. He gives insight of the war from the viewpoint of Concord and talks about peoples motivations for wanting war and for fighting. You also get to see the social structure of the town and how it was applicable to a larger scale of the colonies and how that social structure is very important to peoples motivations and actions. Good book, [...]

    16. The Minutemen and Their World puts a face and a name to the conflict of the time. Following the teachings of the “new social history”, Gross invites us into the world of Concord, MA during the revolutionary era so that we might see and experience what life was truly like for our Minutemen. He touches on the social situation, the economic situation and the personal lives of some of the men who witnessed and participated in the “shot heard around the world,” and helps us understand what ma [...]

    17. This nice little book accomplishes pretty well what it sets out to do: analyze the beginning of the American Revolution through the lens of the "new social history" that was being written in the early 1970's. The book makes clear that the actions of the British Parliament in 1774 hit a community (Concord) that was filled with ongoing social and economic anxiety. The author successfully shows that the men of Concord who took up arms were not fighting to bring about change, but to attempt to hold [...]

    18. Gross could have been more succinct. He often brought up issues irrelevant to his thesis, bogged the reader down with dates and names that were unnecessary and went off on tangents. There are better books to be read about Concord in relation to the American Revolution. It is also important to note that Gross jumps around a lot and tries to engage the reader with "fiction" novel type language at timesis irritated me to no end.

    19. History at its best. Gross is not writing about Concord and the Revolution alone, but of the social and cultural world of Concord at the time of the Revolution, and how that world dialectically shaped the town's relationship with the Revolution. Gross's depth of research and knowledge of Concord in the 18th and 19th century informs his history with a resonate strain of understanding and insight that makes the vibrant community of the past vicariously come to life on his pages.

    20. Great social overview of the town of Concord, Massachusetts in the lead up to April 1775. Rather than focusing exclusively on the battle itself, Gross gives great insight into the conflicts within the community (especially in the church and in the family) that were symptomatic of America prior to the onset of the Revolution.

    21. Excellent view of a generation of New England townspeople centered on the people who provided "The Shot Heard Round the World." Gives a fine view of the structure of the town and the rule of the status of top and bottom. The structure of following certain families gives a continuity that makes for a fine read. Recommended highly.

    22. Dr. Robert A. Gross, a Concord resident, historian and accomplished author is an authority on the Revolutionary War and its social impact on the community of Concord. Gross provides a glimpse of Concord’s past, before, during and after the “War of Independence”. The town’s patriots who gathered on April 19, 1775 and fired the “Shot Heard Round the World” were a breed destined for history.

    23. The writing is not as engaging as it could be, which is too bad because Gross has an interesting and valuable story to tell. You sometimes get the feeling he's emptying his notebook of names. Minus personality, though, the names end up reading like lists.

    24. This was and interesting tale about Concord before, during, and after the revolution. But it was so boring. It drags on too long in too many places, and it skips around a lot. It is a tad bit hard to keep up with the dates in the book.

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