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Revolution Begins: Paul Revere and the Old North Church

"Listen my children and you shall hear." With those lines, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow began his epic poem about Paul Revere's April 18, 1775 ride. When first published in 1861, the poem was an immediate sensation and it has remained popular ever since. Most people believe that the poem is an accurate recounting of an event that led to the American Revolution. Longfellow was a poet, however, not a historian, and so he took some liberties. To appreciate the importance of this event, we ought to know what really happened.