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Shoemaker and the Revolution Alfred F Young shows us a glimpse of the American Revolution through the eyes of George Robert Twelves Hewes a poor shoemaker of the Humble Class What do we know about Hewes Why is it that he is honored when the rest of his associates have been forgotten What compelled Hewes to explore the chaotic world of Politics And why is he remembered as a hero Hewes played a vital role throughout the Revolution We read three major events in which he participated in Youngs The Shoemaker and The Tea Party The three major events shaped the Revolution and have influenced Americans for hundreds of years He was a nobody who briefly became a somebody in the Revolution and for a moment the end of his life a hero To understand Hewes ambition and determination one must start from his youth Hewes was born in Boston in 1742 and was the sixth of nine children He was unusually short five feet one inch Hewes received very little fortune from his family His father a soap boiler died when he was seven leaving his family poor and in debt His mother was a very strict woman showing almost no love or affection and often whipping him for his disobedience Because of such lower standings Hewes was put to shoemaking Shoemaking was never an occupation of his choice The only way to escape the Apprentice world was to become like so many other men a Soldier The Military to Hewes was his door to opportunity However the small misfortune of height stood in the way He was rejected for his size I could not pass muster Hewes told Hawkes because I was not tall enough Although small height his determination was huge We see this determination when he tries to enlist for a second time heightening his heels and stuffing his stockings with
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