In September of 1774, 4,622 militiamen lined both sides of Worcester's Main Street and forced the British Crown's appointed court officials to walk the gauntlet, hats in hand, reciting their recantations over 30 times a piece. This dramatic display ended British authority in Worcester County a year and half before the shot heard around the world. This event signaled the beginning of Americas revolution.
Join historian Ray Raphael as he discusses the rich story of Worcester's 1774 Revolution and his groundbreaking book The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord. Mr. Raphael's extensive research sheds light on this often overlooked episode in American history and reasserts Worcester's key role as the heart of American resistance. This program is part of a larger series, held throughout 2014, to honor Worcester's role in the American Revolution and includes the first-ever reenactment of the expulsion of the British magistrates from Worcester this September.
Ray Raphael is a Senior Research Fellow at Humboldt State University, California. His seventeen books include Founding Myths: Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past, A People's History of the American Revolution, Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive, and most recently Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How to Get It Right.
Sponsored by: Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Mass Humanities, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Worcester Arts Council