Paul Revere's Ride, by David Hackett Fischer

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Paul Revere’s Ride has many sections which decodes Reveres life. Paul Revere’s midnight ride has a huge event in America’s history but was overlooked by many. David Hackett wrote this book telling all what happened before, during, and after his journey which led to the American Revolution. This showed the courageousness of Revere throughout his lifetime from his childhood to his battles. Hackett also unravels the story of Thomas Gage. He also took a huge role in impacting American liberty and law, and the American Revolution. The book began with Paul Revere’s America. Paul Revere’s real name was Apollos Riviore. Paul Reveres name was later changed because of it being too hard to pronounce. He was born on the small island of Guernsey in the English channels but at age 12, he sailed to Boston on November 15, 1715. By 1722, he was a goldsmith in Boston. In 1729, Paul Revere married a named Deborah Hitchborn. He worked as an artisan and a silversmith. During this time, he was known to have amazing skills in both jobs. One of Paul Revere’s best designs was his print of the Boston Massacre in 1770. It helped to create an image of British tyranny and American virtue that still shapes memory of the massacre. When it came to General Thomas Gage, he was the commander and chief of British forces in the new world. In 1774, he was known to be the most powerful man in North America. Gage was the one to be a soldier who hated war. Thomas Gage took part in the battle of Culloden, the French and Indian War, and in the conquest of Canada. He witnessed the British defeat at Fontenoy which changed his outlook of battles. “He was the younger son of an aristocratic Anglo-Catholic family with its seat at Firle Place, Susses, in the south of England” (Fi... ... middle of paper ... ...s, an artisan and whose practical skill at achieving things done most resembles other American heroes. Fisher explained the courageous journey Paul Revere went through along with representing all that was best in the American character and Lieutenant-General Thomas Gage. Although viewing himself as a liberal and reasonable man who had originally liked Americans and was ended up married to one, Gage had come to hate the Bostonians among whomever else he found himself with during his role as military commander. The action of the book was presented in fifteen chapters (as well as an introduction, aftermath, and epilogue) with the famous alarm itself as midpoint. Paul Revere’s Ride did a great job sketching itself in every detail to explain both Gages, and Revere’s journeys. Works Cited Fischer, David Hackett. Paul Revere's Ride. New York: Oxford UP, 1994. Print.

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