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Learn About Paul Revere And His Ride For Yourself—You Are Crazy To Let Others Define Your Past

Due to recent comments by Sarah Palin, Paul Revere’s Ride is in the news.

When important events in American history find their way back into the news, that is a good time to take your own initiative to learn the real facts.

Above is John Singleton Copley’s 1768 painting of Paul Revere.

Here is how this painting is described by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Revere, a silversmith, is seen here as both a working person and as a thinker.

Every working person has the ability to understand complex things if he or she is willing to make the effort.

An excellent book about Paul Revere and the Boston he knew is Paul Revere And The World He Lived In by Esther Forbes.

A book about the famous ride that got strong reviews is Paul Revere’s Ride by David Hackett Fischer.  I have not read this title.

If you have the good fortune to be able to visit Boston, you can tour the home where Paul Revere and his family lived.

Here are facts about the Midnight Ride from the Revere Home. 

Below is a picture of the Revere home that I took in 2008.

In Boston you can also visit the famous Old North Church. 

This is the church where the lanterns were hung on the night of Paul Revere’s ride.

Below is a picture I took from inside the Old North Church in 2008.

Please allow me to be clear—You don’t need to go to Boston to learn about Paul Revere and his ride. All the information you need is at the library, the bookstore, and on the internet.

The things you need to learn about yourself and your world are all around you. These things are accessible with effort and imagination.

You are crazy if you allow other people to tell you about your past.

If you allow other people define your past—and by extension to define the person you are—you will lose control of your future.

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  1. You know, I can’t even think of anyone making a speech about something, and not looking up information. But she never thought about a thoughtful speech. She just opens that mouth and the WHATEVER rolls out, but it always reverts to guns, rights, and prortecting our country. Although she isn’t a person I actually dislike, she certaintly is able to insult, embarrasse intelligent women. Like Backmann, “pleased to be in the state where the shot was heard around the world”, and she in not in Mass. Let’s get for real, where do these dumb, uninformed women come from. Why aren’t these women that support her, see this. If a subject arrises that I feel inadequate about or uniformed, I do a little research. It dosen’t take much time to learn simething. I find it astounding that she doesn’t even feel embarrassed when she makes a fool of herself. As a retired teacher of HISTORY/LITERATURE, I would be concerned of my children, seeing me tell all these lies. And it has to be lies, as she never goes back and comments, or corrects, just makes it worse by stumbling over more ??????

    Comment by PHYLLIS RADFORD | June 7, 2011

  2. […] Sarah Palin misinterpreted Paul Revere’s ride, Neil at Texas Liberal offered up a post about the actual event. You need to learn history for yourself. If you let others define your past, they will use that […]

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