Boston – The Birthplace of Independence, 1776 to 2016

Evo Fearnley, ‘17, Contributor

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Massachusetts, and more specifically Boston, has been called the “Birthplace of the Revolution”, referring to the American Revolution. We were the first colony to have a truly open and active rebellion against the British, and we produced some of the greatest revolutionary thinkers of the time – Samuel and John Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock, just to name a few. Moving into more recent history, we were one of the first states to raise our minimum wage above the federal minimum, and we were the first state to legalize gay marriage.

Boston has not only been the birthplace of a revolution, it still is the birthplace of a revolution. This can be seen not only in Massachusetts’ social and economic reforms, but in its burgeoning independent music and technology sectors.
Massachusetts has been the birthplace of so many great musical acts over the decades – not the least of which were Boston (of course), Aerosmith, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, and of course, the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In more recent years, Boston has been the epicenter of one of the biggest independent music festivals of the year – Boston Calling.

One might expect the music and technology industries to be in almost entirely different leagues, but in Massachusetts, the technology sector has flourished and prospered as well. Massachusetts is home to any number of established technology and software firms, such as Activision Blizzard, Carbonite, LogMeIn, and Raytheon.
For years, decades, and centuries, Massachusetts has been a place of independence, freedom, change, and prosperity – some might argue that it’s one of the best states in America. And this independent, can-do spirit is still growing, burning ever more fervently through the years. Massachusetts is beginning to rival even California in the rate of startups and startup growth, and we have one of the highest standards of living in the continental United States (Hawaii and Alaska are outliers for obvious reasons and are thus excluded).

The Massachusetts spirit begins with us, the future generations. It is our job to carry on and pass down the torch of prosperity, both here and across the nation.
That’s a pretty great thing.

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Boston – The Birthplace of Independence, 1776 to 2016