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The Richardson Light Guard of Wakefield, Massachusetts: A Town Militia in War and Peace, 1851-1975 (Paperback)
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The Richardson Light Guard of Wakefield, Massachusetts: A Town Militia in War and Peace, 1851-1975 (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 30/05/2013
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The book traces the history of the Richardson Light Guard from its origins in 1851, through war and peace, until its end in 1975. What had been an institution of members and local elites, passed to the town, then state, and finally federal governments. During the same period, Wakefield evolved from an agrarian town, to a manufacturing town, and finally into a bedroom suburb, ending the practice of a handful of local elites controlling most town institutions. Though the rise of the National Guard was generally positive, bringing uniformity, professionalism and better equipment, for some militia companies, inclusion into the National Guard weakened vital bonds with their communities.

In the 19th century, the Richardson Light Guard thrived under generous patrons, a supportive town, and a relatively wealthy state government. It was the institution through which the town went to war and memorialised war during peacetime. After becoming part of the National Guard in 1916, the deep links with its home community steadily weakened until breaking during World War II. After the war, the National Guard company had few links to the town, and was reorganised out of existence in 1975.

Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
ISBN: 9780786473489
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 18 mm

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