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Speakers Bureau Catalog

Main Topic: Our Nation
Topic: Establishing a Nation
Topic: General

Speaker: Donald Hickey

Paul Revere’s Ride

This Power Point program–featuring portraits, illustrations, and maps—examines Paul Revere’s famous ride in 1775. We will look at what people commonly think Revere did with what he actually did. We will also explore the role of other participants in the story, especially other riders who were active that night. In addition, we will examine why Henry Wadsworth Longfellow chose to immortalize Revere in a poem some 85 years later and how this poem shaped our understanding of the event. We will pay special attention to where Longfellow, either by accident or design, got the story wrong.

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