Boston Has Long Lived Up to Patriots Day

From the Intolerable Acts unrest to the Stamp Act riots, Boston has for 250 years epitomized spirited uprisings against authority and for liberty.

Consider this: A Cause Most Splendid begins with the rowdy and dangerous Guy Fawkes Day with Boston’s North Enders and South Enders battling over who will burn the Pope in effigy. But the city’s fascinating history is rife with instances when “like a pot of steam, if you keep the lid on long enough and the thing’ll blow,” says my character Calum.

He continues to tell Elsie, a young French woman, “Young miss, you find yourself in a city that is a nursery for dangerous tumults. We’ve had twenty-eight protests here since 1700.

“Pick a reason and Bostonians have protested against it. Besides the Tea Party and Stamp Act, there’ve been grain prices, price-fixing by butchers, merchant hoarding, riots for not enforcing laws against brothels and, most of all, the Brits impressing colonists into military service.”

The young American Alec chuckles ruefully and adds, “Ours is a recreational rowdiness. Violent sometimes, yes. Protests are a political tool for us commoners…”

Yes, protests as a political tool.

So, true patriots, on this Patriots Day — after two years of being “terrorized” in other ways by lawmakers, bureaucrats and woke-masters of other sorts — you might consider the history of the great city of Boston where New England commemorates the Battles of Lexington, Concord, and Menotomy.


Author: markalanleslie

Beginning with my first book, "Midnight Rider for the Morning Star," based on the life and times of Francis Asbury, America's first circuit-riding preacher, I have written three historical Christian novels with another one the way in late 2021, four contemporary geopolitical adventures, an end-times thriller, a devotional, a self-help book for people who have lost their jobs, and two books filled with the best of my interviews with numerous icons of the golf world. I have spoken at Maine's State House, conferences, numerous churches, schools and camp meetings as well as national golf conferences from Florida to California. Having won six national writing awards, I am most proud of my novels: Midnight Rider for the Morning Star (2007) True North: Tice's Story (2013) Chasing the Music (2016) The Crossing (2017) The Three Sixes (2017) The Last Aliyah (2018) Jeremiah's Jar (2018) Torn Asunder (2020) A Cause Most Splendid (2021) My e-books include: Putting a Little Spin on It: The Design's the Thing! Putting a Little Spin on It: The Grooming's the Thing! Fired? Get Fired Up! Walks with God Join me on my web site:

One thought on “Boston Has Long Lived Up to Patriots Day”

  1. And, lest we forget, the one battle I trained for and never got to fight…that from Hopkinton to Boston called the Boston Marathon. Boston Strong. Happy Patriots Day, Mark.


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