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Sarah Palin Explains Paul Revereís Midnight Ride
Gawker ^ | 6/3/2011 | Jim Newell

Posted on 06/03/2011 12:48:34 PM PDT by Incorrigible

Sarah Palin Explains Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride

Jim Newell— It's been at least a few seconds since we last checked in on Sarah Palin's Tour de Grift, which stopped yesterday in Olde Boston Towne. Her bus visited such historical sights as Paul Revere's old shack, where Palin explained the colonist's famous "midnight ride" before the 1775 battles at Lexington and Concord.

The Internet is aflame in scholarly debate over this interpretation:

He who warned, uh, the British that they weren't going to be taking away our arms uh by ringing those bells and making sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free and we were going to be armed.

Perhaps we should all brush up on our history of such events should we ever get trapped like this, but this may include some inaccuracies. Revere did not warn the British army to step off by ringing bells in their faces and shooting warning shots at them. That would have been counterproductive. Instead, he notified the appropriate colonists in an alarm system chain to give advance warning for protecting the rebel arsenal in Concord.

Sarah Palin would've shot all those Lobsterbacks good, though, one by one.

 


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  Video at link. I got this from one of my Facebook "friends".

1 posted on 06/03/2011 12:48:38 PM PDT by Incorrigible
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To: Incorrigible

Who said this? Sarah Palin?

Ahem. Well, this is quite baroque!


2 posted on 06/03/2011 12:55:11 PM PDT by RexBeach (If two people know, it's not a secret.)
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To: Incorrigible

Ugh...


3 posted on 06/03/2011 12:57:48 PM PDT by SoDak
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To: Incorrigible
So now the litmus test for female republican hopefuls is know the Lexington-Concord Battle narrative.

As long as I can ask Obama on what Hill was the Battle of Bunker Hill fought?

4 posted on 06/03/2011 1:00:12 PM PDT by AU72
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To: Incorrigible
Sarah Palin was absolutely right on her History, and Jim Newell wrong on both history and politeness.

Here's what happened the night of April 18th, 1775:

The atmosphere was tense, word of General Gage's intentions spread through Boston prompting the patriots to set up a messaging system to alert the countryside of any advance of British troops. Paul Revere arranged for a signal to be sent by lantern from the steeple of North Church - one if by land, two if by sea. On the night of April 18, 1775 the lantern's alarm sent Revere, William Dawes and other riders on the road to spread the news. The messengers cried out the alarm, awakening every house, warning of the British column making its way towards Lexington. In the rider's wake there erupted the peeling of church bells, the beating of drums and the roar of gun shots - all announcing the danger and calling the local militias to action.

Source: Eyewitness to History, Battle at Lexington Green, 1775


5 posted on 06/03/2011 1:03:22 PM PDT by bvw
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To: Incorrigible

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

1807-1882

Written April 19, 1860; first published in 1863 as part of “Tales of a Wayside Inn”


Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his friend, “If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light,—
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm.”

Then he said “Good-night!” and with muffled oar
Silently rowed to the Charlestown shore,
Just as the moon rose over the bay,
Where swinging wide at her moorings lay
The Somerset, British man-of-war;
A phantom ship, with each mast and spar
Across the moon like a prison bar,
And a huge black hulk, that was magnified
By its own reflection in the tide.

Meanwhile, his friend through alley and street
Wanders and watches, with eager ears,
Till in the silence around him he hears
The muster of men at the barrack door,
The sound of arms, and the tramp of feet,
And the measured tread of the grenadiers,
Marching down to their boats on the shore.

Then he climbed the tower of the Old North Church,
By the wooden stairs, with stealthy tread,
To the belfry chamber overhead,
And startled the pigeons from their perch
On the sombre rafters, that round him made
Masses and moving shapes of shade,—
By the trembling ladder, steep and tall,
To the highest window in the wall,
Where he paused to listen and look down
A moment on the roofs of the town
And the moonlight flowing over all.

Beneath, in the churchyard, lay the dead,
In their night encampment on the hill,
Wrapped in silence so deep and still
That he could hear, like a sentinel’s tread,
The watchful night-wind, as it went
Creeping along from tent to tent,
And seeming to whisper, “All is well!”
A moment only he feels the spell
Of the place and the hour, and the secret dread
Of the lonely belfry and the dead;
For suddenly all his thoughts are bent
On a shadowy something far away,
Where the river widens to meet the bay,—
A line of black that bends and floats
On the rising tide like a bridge of boats.

Meanwhile, impatient to mount and ride,
Booted and spurred, with a heavy stride
On the opposite shore walked Paul Revere.
Now he patted his horse’s side,
Now he gazed at the landscape far and near,
Then, impetuous, stamped the earth,
And turned and tightened his saddle girth;
But mostly he watched with eager search
The belfry tower of the Old North Church,
As it rose above the graves on the hill,
Lonely and spectral and sombre and still.
And lo! as he looks, on the belfry’s height
A glimmer, and then a gleam of light!
He springs to the saddle, the bridle he turns,
But lingers and gazes, till full on his sight
A second lamp in the belfry burns.

A hurry of hoofs in a village street,
A shape in the moonlight, a bulk in the dark,
And beneath, from the pebbles, in passing, a spark
Struck out by a steed flying fearless and fleet;
That was all! And yet, through the gloom and the light,
The fate of a nation was riding that night;
And the spark struck out by that steed, in his flight,
Kindled the land into flame with its heat.
He has left the village and mounted the steep,
And beneath him, tranquil and broad and deep,
Is the Mystic, meeting the ocean tides;
And under the alders that skirt its edge,
Now soft on the sand, now loud on the ledge,
Is heard the tramp of his steed as he rides.

It was twelve by the village clock
When he crossed the bridge into Medford town.
He heard the crowing of the cock,
And the barking of the farmer’s dog,
And felt the damp of the river fog,
That rises after the sun goes down.

It was one by the village clock,
When he galloped into Lexington.
He saw the gilded weathercock
Swim in the moonlight as he passed,
And the meeting-house windows, black and bare,
Gaze at him with a spectral glare,
As if they already stood aghast
At the bloody work they would look upon.

It was two by the village clock,
When he came to the bridge in Concord town.
He heard the bleating of the flock,
And the twitter of birds among the trees,
And felt the breath of the morning breeze
Blowing over the meadow brown.
And one was safe and asleep in his bed
Who at the bridge would be first to fall,
Who that day would be lying dead,
Pierced by a British musket ball.

You know the rest. In the books you have read
How the British Regulars fired and fled,-—
How the farmers gave them ball for ball,
From behind each fence and farmyard wall,
Chasing the redcoats down the lane,
Then crossing the fields to emerge again
Under the trees at the turn of the road,
And only pausing to fire and load.

So through the night rode Paul Revere;=
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,-—
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo for evermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.


6 posted on 06/03/2011 1:03:38 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: AU72

Right...and at least she didn’t do to Monticello and ask who that bust of George Washington was...a la Clinton and Gore !!


7 posted on 06/03/2011 1:03:38 PM PDT by mick (Central Banker Capitalism is NOT Free Enterprise)
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To: Incorrigible

Unfortunately any good that come out of the tour will be diminished by a stumbling version of a pretty famous story. Or at least the media will play this up pretty big. Another ‘gotcha moment’.


8 posted on 06/03/2011 1:04:04 PM PDT by Adammon
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To: bvw

bvd... that is the best post of the day.


9 posted on 06/03/2011 1:05:31 PM PDT by Gator113 ("GAME ON." I'll be voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: Incorrigible

To be fair, we’d need to hear the audio.


10 posted on 06/03/2011 1:06:00 PM PDT by americanophile (Paul Ryan 2012)
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To: Gator113

“W”. Mrs. Palin’s words completely describe the events of the night, up to the battle at Concord.


11 posted on 06/03/2011 1:09:57 PM PDT by bvw
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To: americanophile
To be fair, we’d need to hear the audio.

There's video and audio at the Gawker site. The text is accurate. Though I'm wondering if she's just relating what she heard during the tour.

There's no identification of the news source so I'm wondering who was capturing the video.

 

12 posted on 06/03/2011 1:11:56 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Incorrigible

13 posted on 06/03/2011 1:12:17 PM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: americanophile

The audio is at the link.


14 posted on 06/03/2011 1:12:26 PM PDT by HushTX (I make libs rage quit.)
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To: Adammon

I love Sarah Palin, and agree with almost everything she stands for, but this is more than just a gotcha moment. This is just inexcusible for anyone potentially seeking the presidency. If Biden said this, we’d be rightly all over him (and he has a track record of being even more clueless on our history). These are the types of unscripted moments that are having me cool to Sarah and warm more and more to Herman. I can see more of these gaffs being detrimental to her as her potential campaign gears up.


15 posted on 06/03/2011 1:13:23 PM PDT by Adams (Fight on!)
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To: Baynative

Now... wait a minute...

what’s going on there? you can’t just post that with no explanation!


16 posted on 06/03/2011 1:13:29 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Incorrigible

Great job exploding all those heads! LOL!
Run, Sarah, Run!

17 posted on 06/03/2011 1:14:30 PM PDT by RedMDer (Throw the Rats and RINOs out!)
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To: MrB

Look alikes are showing up at Palin rallies.


18 posted on 06/03/2011 1:14:36 PM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: Baynative

Seriously, if they weren’t side by side to compare build, I really wouldn’t be able to tell her from the real one!


20 posted on 06/03/2011 1:17:43 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: smoothsailing

Thank you for sending us the entire poem. Most of us are familiar with the first few lines; but have little idea of the entire poem being so long. I don’t know that I had ever read the whole thing before. - It was high time I did.


21 posted on 06/03/2011 1:18:06 PM PDT by Twinkie (We still don't know anything about Obama, and won't.)
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To: Adams

Read comment #5 please.


22 posted on 06/03/2011 1:18:06 PM PDT by Blennos
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To: Bockscar

Well, Breed’s Hill, of course. What I’ve never known, and would like to know, is how the misnomer came to be applied. It’s fairly difficult to confuse one hill with another half a kilometer away.


23 posted on 06/03/2011 1:25:28 PM PDT by SAJ (Zerobama -- a phony and a prick, therefore a dildo)
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To: bvw
Thanks for the perspective.

I can't wait for the libs to criticize SP on questions relating to RevWar history.

Sarah could have answered, 'The Libs believe that Paul Revere should have stayed home and let the Brits tame those unruly political rabblerousers. Gun control is a good thing. Just ask Chuck Shumer which side was in the right here: (1) american citizens wanting to retain their weapons; or (2) [British] government confiscating "dangerous assault weapons" out of the hands of "government-haters"...'

24 posted on 06/03/2011 1:27:26 PM PDT by nonsporting
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To: Adams

Not so. See post #5.


25 posted on 06/03/2011 1:27:36 PM PDT by SAJ (Zerobama -- a phony and a prick, therefore a dildo)
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To: bvw
Thanks for the perspective.

I can't wait for the libs to criticize SP on questions relating to RevWar history.

Sarah could have answered, 'The Libs believe that Paul Revere should have stayed home and let the Brits tame those unruly political rabblerousers. Gun control is a good thing. Just ask Chuck Shumer which side was in the right here: (1) american citizens wanting to retain their weapons; or (2) [British] government confiscating "dangerous assault weapons" out of the hands of "government-haters"...'

26 posted on 06/03/2011 1:29:09 PM PDT by nonsporting
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To: Incorrigible

Wasn’t he trying to alert one of the 57 colonies?


27 posted on 06/03/2011 1:30:00 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: SAJ

The point that Gawker is making is that the ride was to raise the alarm and warn the revolutionaries, not to warn the British. Palin misspoke. They are correct; she made a mistake.


28 posted on 06/03/2011 1:32:27 PM PDT by Domalais
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To: Incorrigible
Really a non issue when you listen to the video. However she has to really careful what she says anywhere near a camera or microphone.
She didn't articulate history with 100% accuracy in that clip, but then again there was nothing wildly inaccurate in what she said either.
Saying this in a debate type type format would not be acceptable on a serious issue.
But she is walking through the back room of a restaurant it appears.

The media is waiting to pounce

29 posted on 06/03/2011 1:36:11 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (2008 was about words; 2012 will be about numbers)
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To: bvw

Mr. Newell has no interest in the truth, only in bashing Governor Palin.


30 posted on 06/03/2011 1:36:29 PM PDT by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them or they more like we used to be?)
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To: Domalais

Ah, I misread. I had thought the criticism had been directed toward the ringing of bells, which of course did occur. Thank you for the clarification.


31 posted on 06/03/2011 1:38:58 PM PDT by SAJ (Zerobama -- a phony and a prick, therefore a dildo)
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To: Twinkie

I was surprised by the length as well. Like you, I don’t think I’d ever read all the verses.


33 posted on 06/03/2011 1:40:43 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: SAJ
That's because the dumb blonde bitch reporter made that the issue. Everyone looking to zing her. What she actually said was it was a warning to the British that they wouldn't take our guns. Not sure that is an inaccurate assessment either.
34 posted on 06/03/2011 1:41:59 PM PDT by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: Incorrigible

The media is going to parse Palin’s every word to find some way to attack. Let’s not get distracted by this nonsense. What we should care about are a candidate’s core principles. Palin is a good conservative on the economy, on foreign policy and on social issues. What more do we want? Better to have a true, honest conservative than a glib speaker.


35 posted on 06/03/2011 1:47:29 PM PDT by Blennos
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To: bvw

To equate Palin’s characterization of the events with what actually happened is akin to believing Anthony Weiner’s explanations.


36 posted on 06/03/2011 1:47:55 PM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: AmericanVictory

Perhaps Mr. Newell is just so so comfortable in his ignorance, which he surely perceives as marvelous wisdom, that he shan’t bother to be doing any research at all to back up or cross-check what he remembered about that night of 18 April 1775.

He is just so “literate and educated”! There’s no room for humility and trifles like checking the facts in such “literate and educated” folks. They are SURE of themselves.

Just so comfortable in that sure sensation built over a base of unaccountable, unchallengeable assumptive learnedness.

Let us say HI! to our new “affirmative action” and “self-affirmation” intelligentsia, like Mr. Newell. Without a doubt every one of them hates Sarah Palin, and are SURE they know the reason why they hate her.


37 posted on 06/03/2011 1:48:32 PM PDT by bvw
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To: Adammon

they will portray her as an air head which let’s face it, she at times sounds like one, but more so than Obama? No. Obama is never asked these questions. Is never put on the spot to explain any Americana.

Ask Sarah about college sports, hockey etc. she’s find.

Ask Obama how can one man complete a triple play single handed, and he’ll stammer.


38 posted on 06/03/2011 1:49:53 PM PDT by nikos1121
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To: Baynative

I love that picture. Earlier this week, I saw a place where you could order a cardboard cutout of Sarah dressed in her signature red jacket. When they showed the photo of the 2 of them on TV I really thought I was looking at Sarah standing with her cardboard cut out. They really look alike.


39 posted on 06/03/2011 1:52:11 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Blennos

Did you ever get caught off guard when your mind is focused on something else? I have, many times. She IS articulate, when she’s on the same page as the interviewer. Rush makes misstatements every day, as do most others. Imagine if Sarah was the ONLY one who had stated that Osama killed Obama, as virtually every commentator did at some point! LOL


40 posted on 06/03/2011 1:52:56 PM PDT by alstewartfan (Trains. Who'll remember the ones who only rode in them to die? Al Stewart)
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To: diogenes ghost
He warned the British that they weren't going to be taking away our arms.

True: He being the riders and militia.

By ringing those bells and making sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free and we were going to be armed.

True: Bells and warning shots rang out in the wake of the patriot riders.

True: Our arms, our freedoms, out livelihoods, or possessions, our households and our goods were going to be secure. No more seizures! WE WERE GOING TO BE FREE! And damn well right we were going to make that all true by force of arms.

Now to you, diogenes ghost: What do you say abut Longfellow? Did our dear early national poet laureate ALSO get the facts wrong? Or in poetic sense were they right?

41 posted on 06/03/2011 1:56:59 PM PDT by bvw
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To: Incorrigible

We were British, its was pre-Declaration. Bells at Lex and concord were rung. She wins and beclowns media in the process.


42 posted on 06/03/2011 1:58:39 PM PDT by palinsupporter1
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To: Incorrigible; Pharmboy
Revere did not warn the British army to step off by ringing bells in their faces and shooting warning shots at them.

Perhaps not artfully told but yes, Paul Revere DID tell the British soldiers holding him captive to listen as bells and alarm shots were being fired across the countryside, that the citizens WERE alarmed and that things did not bode well for their mission.

At last the [British] officers began to feel the full import of what Paul Revere had been telling them. His words of warning took on stronger meaning when punctuated by gunfire. The sound of a single shot had suggested to them that surprise was lost. The crash of a volley appeared evidence that the country was rising against them. As they came closer to the Common they began to hear Lexington's town bell clanging rapidly. the captive Loring, picking up Revere's spirit, turned to the officers and said, 'The bell's a'ringing! The town's alarmed, and you're all dead men!'"

Paul Revere's Ride by David Hackett Fischer, pp. 135-6.
She came pretty darned close and did so without a teleprompter. Revere and the other riders DID cause the bells to be a'ringing and the militia to be firing shots.

For extra credit, why was there heard a volley of shots fired as they approached Lexington?

43 posted on 06/03/2011 2:01:16 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (They think "just because she's right on every damn issue doesn't give her enough credibility.")
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To: NonValueAdded

Wow! Great post. Thanks!


44 posted on 06/03/2011 2:02:40 PM PDT by bvw
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To: Domalais

see post 15.


45 posted on 06/03/2011 2:03:31 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (They think "just because she's right on every damn issue doesn't give her enough credibility.")
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To: Adams
Oh, you're a Palin suppoter? I never knew.

When I vote for her, it won't be based on her memory of Revolutionary history stories, but on what she plans to do as President. The folks who weren't going to vote for Palin anyway may see some "value" in this, but it's all anecdotal.

If someone were to ask Abe Lincoln to retell the story of the Mountain Meadows Massacre (America's "first September 11th" Horror, at the hands of the Mormons), even if he botched it (or more likely never heard of it), he still was one of the greatest presidents ever.

Never mind that Palin was historically accurate in her version of events.

Oh, well. < yawn >

;-\

46 posted on 06/03/2011 2:04:58 PM PDT by Gargantua ("Palin 2012 ~ Going Oval" ©2010 by Gargantua)
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To: bvw

Yours was good too. Too bad she didn’t take Piper to Battle Road. There was a ranger there who gave a fantastic talk - and he was an immigrant! There’s even a marker where Revere was captured and then had his little talk with the British as they toopk him back to town, the talk to which Sarah referred.


47 posted on 06/03/2011 2:06:56 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (They think "just because she's right on every damn issue doesn't give her enough credibility.")
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To: smoothsailing

I love this portrait of the famous silversmith (he's inspecting a teapot in the real painting) and I was privileged to see the original painting and many other John Singleton Copley Revolutionary War era portraits as part of an exhibit hosted by the Milwaukee Art museum a few years ago.

You would not believe the detail and life like images Copley painted. I was sad to learn that he went back to England after (or during) the Revolution and never returned to America.

Text below from "Sister Wendy's American Masterpieces":

"The year 1768 was an important one for two young Bostonians: John Singleton Copley, who painted this picture, and Paul Revere, who sat for it. They were both in their early thirties, and they could not have been more different. This was a time of extreme political tension, when Boston was divided into Whigs, who wanted freedom, and Tories, who were content to stay British. Paul Revere was deeply political - and 100 percent Whig. Copley, on the other hand, was completely uninterested in politics; he wanted only to be neutral, which was not possible. He was about to marry into one of the leading Tory families, the Clarkes (owners of the notorious tea concession). Copley was performing a balancing act, but this was the year when he wrote that he felt he must leave America and go to live in England. There he could be an artist and a gentleman - while silversmith Paul Revere was happy to be a craftsman.

"It was costly to have one's portrait painted, and very unusual to be painted without a gentleman's coat. Revere's descendants misunderstood this picture. They thought it made him look like a workman, and they hid it in the attic, but Revere is wearing an elaborate vest with gold buttons. The great expanse of bare sleeve - a fullness of flowing linen - makes a political statement. There was supposed to be no linen in America unless it was imported. The ladies of Boston objected to this, and in this very year they produced a hundred ells (about 125 yards) of linen. Revere is honoring this act of defiance, sporting a symbol of his country's freedom. The problem is the teapot, because tea was a burning issue. Only the Tories drank tea; the Whigs drank "Boston Tea," which was punch. Why does Revere hold a teapot? Is Copley deliberately trying to balance the Whiggish sleeve? Or was it Revere's own choice - to show off his skills as a silversmith? I see this picture as almost a confrontation between the two young men. Looking at Revere's solid, brooding face, I am not surprised that he won. Copley signed the portrait, but in letters so minuscule that hardly anyone could read them."


48 posted on 06/03/2011 2:06:59 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: bvw

Why are we paying any attention to the libtard media anymore?


49 posted on 06/03/2011 2:07:47 PM PDT by Mr. K (CAPSLOCK! -Unleash the fury! [Palin/Bachman 2012- unbeatable ticket])
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To: Domalais; Adams

sorry, not post 15 but rather post 43.


50 posted on 06/03/2011 2:08:02 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (They think "just because she's right on every damn issue doesn't give her enough credibility.")
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