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-Religious Studies Review
"A readable and tightly argued political and social biography that provides numerous insights into Massachusetts' history on the eve of the revolution."
-Historical Journal of Massachusetts
"Given the enduring fascination of the American Revolution, this fine biography of Thomas Hutchinson should find a wide and appreciative audience. Historian Stephen Walmsely's persuasive study of the loyalist governor of Massachusetts Bay portrays an honorable but unimaginative official who remains true to his aristocratic conception of duty but helpless to arrest the forces wrenching his native land away from Crown rule. Putting a human face on an epic conflict, Walmsley finds hutchinson's radical opponents motivated less by ideas and principles than by ambition, greed, and personal animus. Indeed, Walmsley's graphic description of the mob violence, deployed by the patriots to intimidate Hutchinson and subvert the rule of law, will leave readers pondering who were the villains and who the heroes in this superb reconsideration of the nation's origins."
-Allen Matusow,Rice University
"A candid and readable biography . . . [Walmsley] gives a vivid account of the descent of a controversial and sometimes misunderstood figure of the period."
"A significant addition. Hutchinson definitely needed a more complete treatment than he heretofore had received and Walmsley has neatly provided it. A genuine pleasure to read."
-Charles P. Neimeyer,author of America Goes to War: A Social History of the Continental Army
|Preface and Acknowledgments|
|1||Boston's Fortunate Son||4|
|2||"The Butt of a Faction"||36|
|3||Enter the Crowd||57|
|4||"An Ill Temper and a Factious Spirit"||75|
|5||John Mein and Christopher Sneider: Two Martyrs||100|
|6||The Deepening Crisis||115|
|7||Hutchinson's Final Humiliation||132|
|About the Author||207|
Posted December 13, 2000
I had the pleasure of having Dr. Walmsley as a professor in college. This book truly takes the short, tyranous version portraid about Thomas Hutchinson in college history and shows the more realistic side of a man that was truly loyal when loyal wasn't popular! I recommend this book and the teacher that wrote it! Thanks for an inspirational semester, Dr. Walmsley!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.