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This is the grave of the Boston Massacre dead. So here’s the thing about the Boston Massacre: it’s one of these super-patriotic moments when our ancestors stood up to those damned lobsterbacks, etc. But this was really a bunch of jerks acting like thugs in the street, throwing rocks and ice at the British soldiers. […]
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This is the grave of Joseph Warren. Born in 1741 in Roxbury, Massachuestts, Warren grew up in the respectable class of his colony. His father was a reasonably well off farmer who died in 1755 after falling out of an apple tree. Warren still managed to attend Harvard, where he graduated in 1759. He became […]
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This is the grave of George Washington. There’s one much one can say about Washington, so just a couple of points. 1) His choosing to step down from power peacefully is one of the greatest things to ever happen to the United States. As we have seen around the world in revolution after revolution, without […]
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This is the grave of Nathanael Greene. Nathanael Greene, Rhode Island’s biggest contribution to the American Revolution, was born in 1742 in Warwick. He didn’t do anything particularly unusual before the American Revolution, although he was a strong sympathizer with the colonists’ cause against the British government. He rose rapidly in Washington’s army, becoming a […]
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