J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

The Stories Behind "Revere's Ride," 19 Sept 2007

In a couple of weeks, Old South Meeting-House in Boston will host a lecture that might interest Boston 1775 readers:

September 19, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Paul Revere’s Ride Revisited

Eighty-five years after Paul Revere made his ride, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow set pen to paper and turned the midnight rider into an instant legend. New research has uncovered some fascinating discoveries about Longfellow’s poem. Charles Bahne, independent historian and author of “The Complete Guide to Boston’s Freedom Trail”, will discuss how the poet came to write about Revere, the poem’s publication history, changes made to the text over time, and why the poem isn’t historically accurate.
Longfellow was born in 1807, and Bahne’s talk is one of a series of bicentennial tributes each Wednesday in September. For fans of American poetry and Boston culture in the 1800s, the others are: All these events are free and open to the public. They are co-sponsored by the Paul Revere Memorial Association, Old South Meeting-House, the Friends of the Longfellow House, Longfellow National Historic Site, and the Cambridge Forum. Funding by the Lowell Institute.

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