“Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.” John Adams
On Sunday, June 22, 2014, Richard, from The Apple Seed Project, presented at my church. He shared about the days leading up to and the significance of April 19, 1775. You might know it as the day/evening that Paul Revere rode through New England declaring, “T
he British are Coming! The Regulars are Out!”
There were a couple of takeaways that I wanted to quickly share, but mostly, I wanted to remind you that the presentation was recorded in case you missed it. I recommend everyone watch it!
It started because of a war! – Yeah, that’s right, it’s always about a stupid war! King George III needed to recoup money from the French and Indian War. As a result, he taxed the colonies. Like now, excessive taxes don’t go over too well.
People were fed up! The colonist were fed up with stupid laws and government in general. People will only take so much before they begin to rebel.
People want to protect themselves! Paul Revere and other patriots were meeting to discuss how to protect themselves and what needed to be done in response to England’s heavy hand.
Communication is always a key! It was important for Paul Revere and his companions to have a way to communicate with the other colonist. And the lack of communication on the part of the British commanders put their men in a bad situation.
You can’t always guide perception! Some of the altercations that led up to the point of “No Return” could have been avoided if people understood what was going on.
The Liberty Seed presentation is based on David Hackett Fischer’s book, Paul Revere’s Ride. As a result of the presentation, I purchased the book on Kindle and I’m enjoying diving a little deeper into what led up to this important day in our history. I’m sure you haven’t heard the last of this book from me. 😉
I welcome…no I challenge you to watch the presentation. Please skip the music and announcements and get to the presentation at 33:25. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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