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.
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.
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.