A craftsman who is driven to radical politics by hard times.
The economic slump of the mid-1760’s, caused by involvement with the French and Indian War, hit working men like John Gammell particularly hard. Saddled with enormous debt, the Massachusetts Colonial government raised taxes on an already struggling population. Then, when British Parliament raised more taxes, people decided that they had had enough. Much like people today, John Gammell and many other men chose their politics based on the economy.