Freedom: A History of US.
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A Minuteman
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And it did begin right there, at Lexington See It Now - The Shot Heard 'Round The World. The great American poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, later wrote of that moment:

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 Check The Source - "Concord Hymn" Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Of course the sound wasn't actually heard. But the poet knew what he was writing. Because this fight, which was just beginning, would have a purpose and meaning that would echo and re-echo around the globe. Its message was one of freedom—and that "all men are created equal"—and that idea would resonate worldwide.

On that April day in Lexington twice as many redcoats fell as minutemen. It was the day the battle really began. And no one that day quite realized how hard it would be. There is always more to war than winning or losing, as Mrs. Isaac Davis of Massachusetts learned painfully: Hear It Now - Mrs. Isaac Davis "Isaac Davis was my husband.... We had four children.... The alarm was given early in the morning, and my husband lost no time in making ready to go to Concord with his company.... He seemed serious and thoughtful; but never seemed to hesitate.... He only said, 'Take good care of the children.' In the afternoon he was brought home a corpse Check The Source - A wounded American lieutenant at Bunker Hill See It Now - The Battle at Lexington."

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Advertisements were plastered all over Boston asking for volunteer soldiers to fight for the colonies. On July 5, 1775 the colonists made a last ditch attempt to get George III to think about their problems—they wrote the Olive Branch Petition. King George would not even read it! Instead, in August he issued his own proclamation declaring that "wicked and desperate persons" were the cause of the problem in America, and that the "traitors" needed to be brought to justice.

Did you know that Freedom is adapted from the award-winning Oxford University Press multi-volume book series, A History of US by Joy Hakim?

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