It's been said over and over that Revere had better personal connections and didn't need to make such a ruckus, and he went door to door.Bissell, a 23-year-old postal rider when the war broke out on April 19, 1775, rode day and night with little sleep during an exhausting 345-mile journey from Boston's western edge to Philadelphia. On the first leg, he rode one horse so hard that the animal collapsed and died beneath him as he arrived in Worcester, roughly two hours after leaving Watertown.
"To arms, to arms. The war has begun," Bissell shouted as he passed through each little town.
Dozens of other messengers also raced on horseback to spread the word, making it likely that Revere was a composite of these brave men, said J.L. Bell, a Massachusetts writer who specializes in Revolutionary War-era Boston.
In response to their cries, church bells were rung and muskets were fired: British redcoats were attacking. The American Revolution had begun.
But there were no bells pealing for Israel Bissell, whose ride was obscured in history's annals by Revere's 20-mile gallop, which was so greatly amplified by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. His 11-verse poem, first published in 1860 as "Paul Revere's Ride," became familiar to generations of American schoolchildren because it was a more dramatic story.
"Revere’s mission took place at the behest of Dr. Joseph Warren, a Boston leader of the revolutionary cause, for the purpose of warning Samuel Adams and John Hancock – who were staying at the Hancock home – that the British soliders were likely coming to arrest them and that they would do well to get out of the house before they were taken."
WHDH-TV - Israel Bissell outrode Paul Revere, yet didn't get a poem
American History X — Palin, Paul Revere, Wikipedia, and our passion for revision - ComPost - The Washington Post
Our public discourse about history is turning into a sort of Bring Your Own Fact bonanza.
Instead of admitting that we misstated the sum of two and two, we are actively trying to make it five. After Palin’s infamous remarks that Paul Revere was “warning the British” on his famous ride, with “shots” and “bells,” suddenly Paul Revere's Wikipedia page broke out in a rash of comments and updates that included notes (italicized) like “Revere did not shout the phrase later attributed to him (‘The British are coming!’), largely because the mission depended on secrecy and the countryside was filled with British army patrols; also, most colonial residents at the time considered themselves British as they were all legally British subjects.”
But then some of the editors at Wikipedia were unsporting enough to remove them.
I can’t imagine why. “Everyone must be allowed to rewrite history all the time because history is kind of boring and nobody really remembers it all that well,” as Aristotle once said.
This is where our history is headed. Once remarks like Palin's would have been flubs. Instead, they provoked whole slews of historians to emerge from the woodwork screaming that We May Never Know What Happened On That Fateful Day.
This worries me.
I don’t like turning my back on history and getting the uneasy sense that it has moved. History is, after all, not living. That is what makes it history. Faulkner said that the past isn't dead – it's not even past. But Faulkner was speaking metaphorically. In general, if your history is up and moving about the cabin, that is an indication that something is seriously amiss.
Martin Luther King Jr., didn’t walk across the Atlantic with Charlemagne promoting The King’s Speech so that people could cavalierly rewrite history this way. As George Washington said, “Sarah Palin is a charismatic figure, but this seems wrong.”
If I missed the post, I apologize, but the only thing I found was your comment about the typo.
Last edited by Whovian; 06-10-11 at 09:16 PM.
I'm just laughing because she was seriously a republican nomination for the vice presidency when the nation was in economic crisis and she's quite artful at defending previous miss-steps and public gaffs with wide-eyed craziness
imagine if she was 4 or 8 years earlier? GB Jr + Sarah Palin = LMAO :P