Archives: David Hackett Fischer

The long life of Longfellow’s “Paul Revere’s Ride”

August 24, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: history, journalism, writers, writing.

When William Wadsworth Longfellow wrote “Paul Revere’s Ride” in 1860 and published it in The Atlantic in the January 1861 issue, he had a goal in mind. He wanted to create a clarion call to his fellow citizens to recognize the danger to the Republican by the secession of Southern states and for those citizens • Read More »

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Paul Revere, road warrior and speed king

August 15, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: American Road, history, journalism.

File this under The American Road, History Division. Paul Revere, we all know, is famous for riding through the night of April 18-19, 1775, spreading the alarm “to every Middlesex village and farm,” letting everyone know that the British Army, too, was hitting the road, and things were about to turn nasty. (More on that • Read More »

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