Project Appleseed. 13 Colonies. One Nation. One People. One Day...
By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Concord Hymn"
written for the North Bridge memorial)
On April 19th, 1775, British colonial farmers, shopkeepers, lawyers, doctors and craftsmen chose to face one of the world's most feared and best equipped armies in a dispute over their rights and privileges as Englishmen. Learn why and how these brave early Americans did what they did at an Appleseed near you. RWVA instructors use Brandeis University History Professor David Hackett Fischer's best-seller Paul Revere's Ride to teach how the Revolutionary War began in a series of stories that capture the initial hesitation as well as the ferocity of that day. After attending, you will be able to answer these four questions:
Appleseed seeks to honor the Founders by remembering the choices they made. And we seek to pass on to our children what we were given: a third option for civic participation rather than a choice between submission and violence.
Unhappy it is, though, to reflect that a brother's
sword has been sheathed in a brother's breast and that the once-happy
and peaceful plains of America are either to be drenched with blood, or
inhabited by a race of slaves. Sad alternative! But can a virtuous man
hesitate in his choice?
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