Mark Szymcik

The First American Revolution: Western Mass before Lexington & Concord

How did the towns of the three Western Massachusetts counties, Worcester, Hampshire and Berkshire become more democratic before “The shot heard around the world”? What steps did the farmers, yoemen and artisans take to repudiate British taxes? How did they deal with the elite who governed their communites? This session answers these questions and fills in a lesser known piece of American history.

[Recorded August 12, 2023]

Mark Szymcik has been a history buff since grade school. He taught high school history for special needs students for several years. As an adjunct professor at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Mass, he works historical information and ideas into all his classes. He is a lifetime resident of Worcester county, and has a great interest in Massachusetts history, especially some of the state’s lesser known contributions to a growing America.

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