It might not be clear to people today, but each human in America today has an important impact on the future, which sooner or later turns into history. Lower class people might not think that their voice, opinions or ideas may matter, but it’s the few that speak up that make changes in the world. It’s important to study historical figures because their lives answer the underlying questions about why things are the way they are. The lives of George Robert Twelves Hewes, Thomas Hutchinson and Abigail Adams changed the way social class and gender were viewed in the 1760’s-1780’s. Each of them tell us that no matter your social class, gender or famousness to a particular community, every voice can be heard when willing to put your ideas on the line. Hewes, Hutchinson and Abigail Adams had different thoughts and approaches as to how social class; structure of society and sexism should be looked at in the ways of an American. Their strong personalities and desire for change make them famous historical figures and key icons in the world today.
George Robert Twelves Hewes was an orphan with no property or house of this own. His shoe repair business shop gave him very little income, ending him up in the lowest social class in the 1770’s. Hewes altered the way that he viewed the upper class. On March 5,1770 Hewes witnessed the Boston Massacre, which gave him determination to be a part of something so serious. After stepping up to John Malcolm an “upper class man” about abusing a little boy, Hewes quickly got shut down and was bashed in the head. An act like this shows Hewes braveness and motivation to end the division of social classes, and desire to let everyone be heard. One of Hewes beliefs was to not let social class get in the way of being able to express ones personal feelings and beliefs. (Book Review of Alfred Young’s The Shoemaker & the Tea Party, p. 57)
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