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Roads to Revolution: the Different Paths of Lexington and Concord

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The exterior of the Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, Massachusetts.

This session will examine the similarities and differences between the two towns socially, economically and politically, and discuss how each came to play its signal part on April 19, 1775. We’ll also look at the long dispute between the two towns, starting in 1825, with who deserved credit for firing the first shots and starting the Revolutionary War – and why that once mattered.

About our speaker:

Robert A. Gross is James L. and Shirley A. Draper Professor of Early American History Emeritus at the University of Connecticut. A specialist in the social and cultural history of the United States from the Revolution to the Civil War, Gross focuses particularly on New England. His first book, The Minutemen and Their World (1976), presents a community study of Concord, Massachusetts, in the eighteenth century, portraying the lives and circumstances of inhabitants at all levels of the social order and tracing the internal conflicts that shaped the town’s participation in the mobilization against British rule. For this innovative interpretation of the American Revolution as a social movement, Minutemen received the Bancroft Prize in American History in 1977; it was reissued in a 25th anniversary edition by Hill & Wang in 2001. A revised and expanded edition appeared in 2022 from Picador books, in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution. His studies of the Revolutionary period continued in the edited collection In Debt to Shays: The Bicentennial of an Agrarian Rebellion (1993).

This program is made possible by the generous donors to the Cary Library Foundation.

Venue

Cary Memorial Library
1874 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02420 United States
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