Let’s talk about Paul Revere.
What do you know about Paul Revere?
You probably know that Paul Revere rode his horse alone into the night. He went to the people and warned them that “the British are coming!” He yelled into the night, a cry that basically started the Revolutionary War.
Well, here’s what I know.
Paul Revere rode his horse quietly through the fields and streets, dodging the enemy. He was joined by two other men and they all rode together. While on their way to deliver the message that the enemy was near, they were ambushed. Paul Revere was captured. The other two men made it out and disappeared into the shadows. Paul Revere never made the valiant cry of, “The British are coming! The British are coming!” because he was captured. Though, the message that the enemy troops were on their way did make it to Lexington in time. And even if he did get a chance to yell a warning, it certainly wouldn’t be the famous line seeing as he himself was British. As were all of the people he was trying to warn. They came from Britain. They were British-Americans.
One question remains:
Why in the world does history get so mushed up with lies by the time it reaches elementary schools? Your guess is as good as mine.