Founding Myths

by Laura Ellis on February 22, 2011

STATE OF AFFAIRS 02/22/11: We all know about Paul Revere and his famous ride, Molly Pitcher’s heroic battlefield ministrations, and which little boy chopped down a certain cherry tree. But would you be surprised to find out Paul Revere was not alone in his quest that night, Molly Pitcher did not actually exist, and George Washington never laid hand nor hatchet on that tree? In his book Founding Myths, Ray Raphael discusses historical figures and the truths (or lack of truth) surrounding them. Tuesday, in honor of Washington’s Birthday, we’ll clear his name of arborcide and listen back to our conversation about founding myths.

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Myra Craig February 26, 2011 at 12:41 am

I loved this interview. Mr. Raphael made the past sound more complex and nuanced, and now I want to buy his book and clear up some of these assumed truths from my grade school history books!

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