Tracing where Worcester’s ‘grit’ comes from

Paying homage to Daniel Gookin, Timothy Bigelow, and Isaiah Thomas

WORCESTER HAS BEEN long recognized as a “gritty” city in the heart of the Commonwealth.  But what exactly does that mean and how did it get this moniker?  Some have used it in a derogatory fashion, referring to our beloved city as a “gritty central Massachusetts mill town whose only attraction was its close proximity(...)

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