Once upon a time, every American child knew about the first battle of the American Revolution, fought at Lexington and Concord, in Massachusetts. Even if they hadn’t had a history teacher drill the date into them, they knew the opening lines of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.” Published in 1861, just months before the Civil War started, its first verse began, “Listen, my children, and you shall hear / Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, / On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five.”
The poem tells how Paul Revere rode through the Massachusetts towns of Somerville, Medford, and Arlington, warning that the British Regulars were coming to seize the patriots’ guns and arrest Samuel Adams and John Hancock. With this warning, patriots in the region massed and, on April 19, met with the British at the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Although the initial battle resulted in eight patriots getting killed, eventually, almost 2,000 Minutemen arrived and drove the British into a permanent defense in Boston.
That same Minutemen spirit is animating Americans who do not want to (or cannot) stay locked forever in their homes. […]
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