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Revering our patriots

As a nation, we’re sending countless thoughts and prayers to the innocent victims in Massachusetts this week; blessings to all who were affected by the attack that occurred on Patriots’ Day. Through sorrow, we carry on in the patriotic spirit; thus, here is a quick post to commemorate a bit of that state’s historic legacy. Today marks the 238th anniversary of Paul Revere’s midnight ride.

Although he did not actually shout “The British are coming,” this important American historic figure did indeed ride to Lexington to warn countrymen of approaching British troops. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous poem “Paul Revere’s Ride,” published in 1861, elevated Revere to folk hero status – although its details aren’t all historically accurate.) Revere also was an esteemed silversmith, a soldier, and even a dentist; and the enterprise he started continues today as Revere Copper Products.

Browse these fascinating pages to learn more:

The website of the Paul Revere House offers information about the house, the Midnight Ride, Revere’s silver, and more: http://www.paulreverehouse.org/

From the History Channel:
This Day in History – Apr. 18, 1775: “Revere and Dawes warn of British Attack”: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/revere-and-dawes-warn-of-british-attack
About Paul Revere: http://www.history.com/topics/paul-revere
“12 Things You May Not Know About Paul Revere” (Jennie Cohen): http://www.history.com/news/12-things-you-may-not-know-about-paul-revere

From the Colonial Williamsburg Official History and Citizenship Site:
“Terms of Estrangement: Who Were the Sons of Liberty?” (Benjamin L. Carp): http://www.history.org/foundation/journal/winter12/liberty.cfm
“Throw down your arms, ye villains, ye Rebels, Disperse!” (Dennis Montgomery): http://www.history.org/Foundation/journal/Summer06/lex.cfm?showSite=mobile

From the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation:
“The Use of Myth in History” (podcast, Gil Klein): http://podcast.history.org/2012/07/23/the-use-of-myth-in-history/

(Image via Wikipedia)