On Boston's 2.5-mile Freedom Trail, the birth of the American Revolution comes alive--but only if the tour guide brings it to life.
Clearly, the preferred characters are the "interesting" underdogs we don't know about. Besides James Otis Jr. and Sarah Revere, there's Ebenezer Mackintosh, a shoemaker who led a mob in destroying the homes of Chief Justice Thomas Hutchinson and Stamp Act administrator Andrew Oliver--a wealthy Boston merchant and a symbol of the elite who ruled the colonies while happily kissing England's micro-managing butt. My list is small. With the exception of Abigail Adams and Martha Washington, Revolutionary War women are far less widely known than their men.
For more information on Freedom Trail tours, visit: thefreedomtrail.org
–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2011