Lexington: Then and Now
This book is part of a nine-month-long celebration of the 300th anniversary of Lexington, Massachusetts, which was incorporated in 1713. Of course it includes good history about Colonial life in a New England farming community and a detailed telling of the “First Shot” of the American Revolution on April 19, 1775. But it also has material for civics and government teachers who need to show an example of how direct democracy work or how citizens can participate in local government.
CHAPTER 1 EARLY LEXINGTON
Early Lexington answers the following topics:
Who settled the land of Lexington?
CHAPTER 2 AN INDEPENDENT TOWN MEETING
An Independent Town Meeting answers the following topics:
Who led the new local government?
CHAPTER 3 A TOWN WARRANT
Town Meeting is a form of local government found in the six states of the New England region. It is one of the closest examples we have of direct democracy in the United States. It began with the Puritan settlers of the 1600s and continues in a very similar form today. This chapter looks at the mechanics of local democracy!
A Town Warrant answers the following topics:
How does a town warrant begin?
CHAPTER 4 LEXCELEBRATE!
The pages in this chapter compare modern life to life in Lexington’s first three centuries because quick, broad comparisons can help students understand that there wasn’t always a fast food drive-thru waiting at every highway exit in America. See how transportation and population grow and change over time with the specific examples from Lexington’s story.
LEXCELEBRATE answers the following topics:
How has life changed in Lexington?